I have a working zpool and dataset set on my home server. I want to setup NFS to access ZFS over my home network on my Mac.

On the Ubuntu side, I have...

  • # apt-get install nfs-kernel-server
  • # zfs set sharenfs=rw=@,insecure tank/documents
    • should allow -
    • insecure is needed so the mac connects on ports bigger than 1024
  • # zfs share tank/documents
  • # service nfs-kernel-server start
    • commented out && grep -q '^[[:space:]]*[^#]*/' $export_files in /etc/init.d/nfs-kernel-server because I can't start the server with an empty /etc/exports/ file
  • # showmount -e to verify directory is mounted

The output of showmount -e is this.

Export list for ubuntu1404: /tank/documents *

On the Mac side, I have...

  • $ rpcinfo -p to verify NFS is visible on the network
  • $ mount -t nfs /Users/me/Remote

This last step is where I'm stuck. I keep getting "Operation not permitted".

I've been reading around, but I've only found old tutorials that use NFS Mounts from Disk Utility. Does anyone have any up-to-date tutorials?

3 Answers 3


Figured it out!

I must have the mount syntax wrong. I tried connecting in Finder and it worked!

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Mounting requires administrative privileges. Try using sudo like this:

$ sudo mount -t nfs /Users/me/Remote

To answer your question though, "Operation not permitted" is what you will see when there is already a mount attached to the named folder "/Users/me/Remote"

Using the Finder instead works fine, because it will instead mount the remote under /Volumes and not introduce that conflict.

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