I remembered reading some articles about mounting filesystems over NFS on Mac OS X a few months ago, so I was prepared for it not to be straightforward. My preparedness was rewarded: it certainly didn't "just work". I had to find a system tool called "NetInfo Manager", buried in the Utilities subdirectory of the Applications folder. There's nothing, to me at least, about "NetInfo Manager" that says, "this is the application you use to set up an NFS mount". I knew it was, though, because I was following along with one of the many web pages that describes the unnecessarily complicated process of setting this up. Here's what I had to do:
- Click on the /mounts directory in NetInfo Manager.
- Add a new subdirectory called bigbird:/home.
- Add the following properties: vfstype=nfs, opts=net, dir=/Network/Servers/.
- Save the settings and restart the computer.
(Worse, because the subtleties of syntax in the /etc/exports file on the NFS server were lost in the back of my brain somewhere, I had to restart the PowerBook no less than five times to get it all working. Now that's hardly Mac OS X's fault, but it would have been nice if there was an easier way than a restart.)