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#1 2021-04-05 22:09:14

dhs
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Registered: 2014-02-25
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Can't connect MacBook via NFS

My wife got a new MacBook Air.  Her old one connected reliably to our file server in the basement, via NFS.  The new one wouldn't, and I determined that the new one won't do NFS2, and I can't update the file server (it's too old).
So, I put together a new file server running Arch 5.11.10, and copied the files over.  Mounting the appropriate directory from my other Arch system worked first time, but I can't get the new MacBook to connect.  I spent quite a while looking for answers online, but none of them worked.  This included clearing references to the server in the keychain -- made no difference.

In Finder I do Go->Connect to Server, enter the NFS address (which I've confirmed pretty carefully, and which worked on the old Mac), hit Connect, and I get:  "There was a problem connecting to the server: "servername".  Check the server name or address and then try again".  Of course, "servername" is in /etc/hosts and "ping servername" works as expected.

On the Arch server, journalctl shows just one line: "rpc.mountd[332]: authenticated mount request from 192.168.1.30:1009 for /sharehome/images (/sharehome/images)"

Any help appreciated.

P.S.  I almost forgot: this new server refuses to accept rsh or telnet.  It just says "Authentication Failure" no matter what I do.  ssh works though, so I've been using that and had almost forgotten these failures.

Last edited by dhs (2021-04-06 01:12:09)

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#2 2021-04-06 11:21:13

jonathon
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Registered: 2016-09-19
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Re: Can't connect MacBook via NFS

So just to verify: the issue is with macOS?

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#3 2021-04-06 18:43:02

dhs
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Registered: 2014-02-25
Posts: 14

Re: Can't connect MacBook via NFS

I don't know.  The mount request made it to the server and was authenticated.  After that either the server failed to complete the mount and returned a failure code to the Mac, or the Mac didn't like what it got back from the server.  I've asked an Apple-oriented friend to look at this too.

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#4 2021-04-06 20:55:39

paulkerry
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From: Sheffield, UK
Registered: 2014-10-02
Posts: 570

Re: Can't connect MacBook via NFS

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#5 2021-04-08 03:19:58

dhs
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Registered: 2014-02-25
Posts: 14

Re: Can't connect MacBook via NFS

Yes -- "insecure" flag in exports file was the fix.
Thanks.

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#6 2021-04-09 10:01:01

paulkerry
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From: Sheffield, UK
Registered: 2014-10-02
Posts: 570

Re: Can't connect MacBook via NFS

Great: glad you are sorted. Please remember to edit your first post and prepend "[SOLVED]" to the title.
Cheers
Paul.

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