Have used NFS for quite a while on 9.10 and 10.04 to access folders on PCs on the LAN. I recently chose the 'Encrypt home partition' option when installing Ubuntu 10.04 on a new PC.

Now when I attempt to Export a folder that is on the encrypted home partition, Exports throws up a message that the folder cannot be exported.

I have searched the web high and low and found a couple of other users with the same problem, but no resolution.

I can successfully export folders that are not on encrypted partitions.

Is NFS not compatible with folders on Ubuntu encrypted home partitions?


The kernel-level NFS server (nfs-kernel-server) does not work well with custom filesystems like FUSE, if I remember correctly. Instead, you should give unfs3 a try.

I haven't used unfs3 and can't promise anything, but I believe anything is better than nfs-kernel-server for serving from non-traditional filesystems.

  • I am using nfs-kernel-server. Do I need to uninstall unfs3 first? I only converted from Windows about 12 months ago, so still getting my head around Linux. – sealevel Oct 12 '10 at 2:41
  • @sealevel: No, you need to uninstall nfs-kernel-server and install unfs3 instead. :-D – Chris Jester-Young Oct 12 '10 at 3:04
  • Update your question and answers as you ask each other comments with the relevant information, that way people who run across this question/answer get the updated information right upfront. See the FAQ: askubuntu.com/faq – Jorge Castro Oct 12 '10 at 5:08
  • @Jorge: Done. :-) – Chris Jester-Young Oct 12 '10 at 5:17
  • Thanks Jorge, Yeah there was a typo in the above post regarding installing. I uninstalled ...server and installed unfs3 but still no luck. "sudo exportfs -ra" throws up a message; "exportfs not found" – sealevel Oct 15 '10 at 3:02

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