man pages section 4: File Formats

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Updated: July 2014



dfstab - file containing commands for sharing resources across a network


This file is obsolete in the Oracle Solaris 11 release.

Adding share entries to the /etc/dfs/dfstab file is no longer required to permanently share files across a network. File systems are shared in the following ways:

  • The share command is used to create and publish a NFS or SMB share of a file system or directory. Using the share command to share a ZFS file system is considered a legacy operation.

  • The zfs set share command is used to establish NFS or SMB share properties for a ZFS dataset. Then, set the ZFS sharenfs or sharesmb to on to publish an NFS or SMB share.

An NFS or SMB share is published automatically when a system is rebooted by an SMF service. Because an SMF service manages NFS or SMB shares, editing the /etc/dfs/dfstab file is obsolete.

For more information, see the share(1M) manual page.


See attributes(5) for a description of the following attributes:

Interface Stability

See also

share(1M), share_nfs(1M) , share_smb(1M), zfs(1M) , shareall(1M), svcadm(1M) , attributes(5)