Daily Archives: 09/07/2014

Folder sharing with NFS

If you’re running out of space on your Pi’s SD memory card or want to share folders under Linux, you should consider using the Linux network file system (NFS). All you need to do is to install rpcbind, nfs-common and nfs-kernel-server on your Pi.

On a freshly installed you must enable the rpcbind service before you can start the nfs-kernel-server:

$ sudo update-rc.d rpcbind enable

The network file system is particularly useful if you want to merge folders across your home network which reside on different systems. In order to listen to my ogg/mp3 music collection I’ve attached a Raspberry Pi to the AUX input of my Hi-Fi equipment. The collection resides on a USB stick and can be accessed with the music player daemon (mpd) and Minion, so that I can use my smartphone as a remote. Another music collection resides on my AVM Fritz Box, which acts as a mediaserver and NAS.

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RasPi Network Integration with Freetz

Wireless LAN routers such as the AVM Fritz!Box can be particularly useful for integration of hard discs and memory sticks as a Network Attached Storage (NAS).

For MS Windows environments, access to these network drives is achived with the SMB and NMB protocols. However, the Fritz!Box firmware doesn’t support sharing of volumes through UNIX’s NFS protocol.

If you’re a lucky owner of a Fritz!Box, you’re probably not aware that an embedded Linux OS hides underneath AVM’s configuration frontend. With a few steps you can modify your Fritz!Box firmware, replacing it with Freetz to enhance your box’ functions.

Freetz is a firmware-extension (modification) for the AVM Fritz!Box and devices with identical hardware. The original firmware from the manufacturer is extended with new functions and programs which may be selected by the user.

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