I'm trying to make my rsnapshot-backups available to non-root users on a Ubuntu server. There is a step-by-step instruction in the rsnapshot HOWTO, which I think I've followed to the letter.

The HOWTO tells me to create the directories /.private/.snapshots/ (backup folder) and /.snapshots/ (mount point).

In /etc/exports, add /.private/.snapshots/ as a read only NFS export:


In /etc/fstab, mount /.private/.snapshots/ read-only under /.snapshots/

localhost:/.private/.snapshots/   /.snapshots/   nfs    ro   0 0

However, when I issue the command:

mount /.snapshots/

I get this error message:

mount.nfs: access denied by server while mounting localhost:/.private/.snapshots/

The package nfs-kernel-server is installed and I restarted it after editing /etc/exports.

What did I miss?


Not entirely sure why but if you force it to NFS version 3 it should work:

mount -t nfs -o vers=3 localhost:/.private/.snapshots/   /.snapshots

The corresponding line for your fstab file would be

localhost:/.private/.snapshots  /.snapshots     nfs ro,vers=3,auto      0   0
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