> I am having trouble setting up a LAN NFS between my desktop running 10.3
> w/KDE 3.5 and my notebook running 11 w/KDE4 (wireless card works and I
> am able to connect to the internet).
> I have the internal firewall set to allow NFS server and client.
> I have tried different setting such as nfsv4 with no avail. The only
> real ‘error’ i get is that when on my notebook when I try to find the
> host, it shows (unknown). I try to mount it but it won’t allow a host
> name with () characters. So, what should I do? Is it a build problem
> with 11, or are my domain names and ip addresses wrong? Kinda lost now,
> tried every ounce of troubleshooting i could.
> I am relatively new to Linux, so please be nice. But I will tell you
> that in the last 4 weeks of learning and using it 90% of the time, I
> love it.
Welcome to Linux! Welcome to SuSE!
The names you use for your machines needs to be resolvable from each other
Let’s use two ficticious names, BOB and MARY as machine names. If you’re a
home user, you probably have them named “BOB.local” and “MARY.local”. Of
course, each machine can see itself, if you were to say “ping MARY” from
MARY, you’d get valid pings back, and ditto for BOB on BOB.
If you want to let BOB know where MARY is, then either you need a Domain
Name Server running in your network (in some manner, there are many ways to
do this), or you need to hard-set the IP addresses of BOB and MARY, and put
those addresses into the /etc/hosts file.
Back to our pretend network:
Router is at 192.168.1.1 (this is also your ‘GATEWAY’ address)
BOB is at 192.168.1.50
MARY is at 192.168.1.60
So in BOB’s /etc/hosts file:
and in MARY’s /etc/hosts file:
If you have more than the two computers, add lines as appropriate to each
computer’s /etc/hosts file
- uppercase machine names are not recommended, just shown as uppercase here
- all machines need to be using STATIC IP addresses. (unless you’ve set up
DHCP and DNS to work together, but that’s a whole 'nother story)
In YaST-> Network Devices -> Network
Remember to set the gateway address on the ‘routing’ tab. This catches many
You will likely also need to hard set your DNS addresses too, typically,
they will be the SAME as your GATEWAY / ROUTER address.
Hope this helps
L R Nix