Most UNIX clients use NFS for remote file access. Sun Microsystems introduced NFS in1985. Since then, it has become a de facto standard protocol, used by 10 million systems worldwide.
In this chapter, we describe NFS. It is particularly common on UNIX-based systems, but NFS implementations are available for virtually every modern computing platform in current use, from desktops to supercomputers. Only when used by UNIX-based systems, however, does NFS closely resemble the behavior of a client’s local file system.
The following topics are covered: ...