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My desktop don't have an internal hard drive. I installed Ubuntu in a crappy old portable hard disk which is very slow. I mounted the home folder of my laptop to the desktop using NFS. My desktop and my laptop are directly connected using a gigabit connection. If I am correct any kind of caching on my local disk in desktop will only slow down the access.

So how can I make sure that none of the data from the NFS share is cached to my local drive.

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I think there won't be any caching to disk unless you explicity set that up, however I don't know enough about NFS to be sure enough of a real answer. –  Jorge Castro Feb 13 '13 at 13:41

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