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EXPORTFS(4)									      EXPORTFS(4)

       exportfs, srvfs - network file server plumbing

       exportfs [ -an ] [ -c ctlfile ]

       srvfs name dir

       Exportfs  is a user level file server that allows Plan 9 compute servers, rather than file
       servers, to export portions of a name space  across  networks.	The  service  is  started
       either by the cpu(1) command or by a network listener process.  An initial protocol estab-
       lishes a root directory for the exported name space.  The connection to exportfs  is  then
       mounted, typically on /mnt/term.  Exportfs then acts as a relay file server: operations in
       the imported file tree are executed on the remote server and the results  returned.   This
       gives  the  appearance  of  exporting a name space from a remote machine into a local file

       The -a option instructs exportfs to authenticate the user, usually  because  it	is  being
       invoked from a remote machine.

       The -n option disallows export to user none.

       The  -c	options  specifies a network control file onto which exportfs will push the fcall
       line discipline.  This option is intended for networks that  do	not  preserve  read/write

       The  cpu  command uses exportfs to serve device files in the terminal.  The import(4) com-
       mand calls exportfs on a remote machine, permitting users to access  arbitrary  pieces  of
       name space on other systems.

       Srvfs  uses  exportfs  to  create  a mountable file system from a name space: a subsequent
       mount (see bind(1)) of /srv/name will reproduce the name space rooted at dir.   One  might
       use srvfs to enable mounting of an FTP file system (see ftpfs(4)) in several windows.


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