SUMMARY: nfs exports using /etc/netgroup

From: George Kahler <>
Date: Thu Aug 07 2003 - 17:18:15 EDT
Thanks to David Foster, Jay Lessert and Ric Anderson.

There were couple of suggestions, both indication that I pretty well
have to run NIS/NIS+ in some form to be able to use the /etc/netgroup

Ric Anderson pointed me to a software written by John DiMarco at the
University of Toronto, called ngrfiles. A copy can be obtained from:

You install John's ngrfiles, edit the "netgroup: " field in
/etc/nsswitch.conf, create the list of hosts you need to export to in
/etc/netgroups/ and way you go ! No need for that bothersome NIS
stuff. Pretty cool, John. Thanks.


Original post:

> My nfs /etc/dfs/dfstab file has grown to the point where sometimes it
> breaks the 'exportfs' or 'shareall' commands. Too many entries.
> I would like to use the NIS/NIS+ /etc/netgroup file where I could list
> all the individual nfs clients I need to export to, however, to this
> date I can't figure out how to get the system to read it.
> i don't run NIS on this nfs server but I would be willing to set up
> some minimum NIS configuration to get going with the NFS exporting if
> I had to.
> Thanks for any help.
> George
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