System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems

ProcedureHow to Mount an NFS File System (mount Command)

  1. Become superuser or assume an equivalent role.

  2. Create a mount point for the file system to be mounted, if necessary.

    # mkdir /mount-point

    There must be a mount point on the local system to mount a file system. A mount point is a directory to which the mounted file system is attached.

  3. Ensure that the resource (file or directory) is available from a server.

    To mount an NFS file system, the resource must be made available on the server by using the share command. For information on how to share resources, see About the NFS Service in System Administration Guide: Network Services.

  4. Mount the NFS file system.

    # mount -F nfs [-o mount-options] server:/directory /mount-point
    -o mount-options

    Specifies mount options that you can use to mount an NFS file system. See Table 18–2 for the list of commonly used mount options or mount_nfs(1M) for a complete list of options.


    Specifies the server's host name that contains the shared resource, and the path to the file or directory to mount.


    Specifies the directory on which to mount the file system.

Example 18–7 Mounting an NFS File System (mount Command)

The following example shows how to mount the /export/packages directory on /mnt from the server pluto.

# mount -F nfs pluto:/export/packages /mnt