I do not manage to get a remote directory automatically mounted during bootstrap. I am using the NFS protocol under Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The server is and the client is

The setting in /etc/exports at the server side is


Although the \home\user directory at the client side is, note that all directories mentioned in this post are not encrypted. The server computer is always on, and the two machines can ping each other. Also note that, in both machines, the \home directory is mounted on an own partition.

The command line works well and I can see the remote content at the mount point after sudo mount /home/import/server1.

Like in How to edit /etc/fstab properly for network drive? I want to mount a network drive by editing /etc/fstab. However, when I add any one of those lines to /etc/fstab

[1] /home/import/server1 nfs rsize=8192,wsize=8192,timeo=14 0 0

[2] /home/import/server1 nfs auto 0 0

[3] /home/import/server1 nfs auto, rsize=8192,wsize=8192,timeo=14 0 0

[4] /home/import/server1 nfs defaults 0 0

I need to launch a sudo mount -a manually to get the view on the server side. This defies my expectations and those from this U&L post as well.

How can I get the auto-mounting capability running on its own feet?

Inspirations/copy-catting disclosed:

[1] https://help.ubuntu.com/14.04/serverguide/network-file-system.html

[2] https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SettingUpNFSHowTo#Mounting_NFS_shares_in_encrypted_home_won.27t_work_on_boot

[3] = [1] + [2]

[4] mimicking the mount options of the local device partitions in etc/fstab

  • Have you dug into boot / error logs? There might be useful messages there. Also what kind of network connectivity do you have? I suspect it does not work because your network is not online when the mount is attempted but that's just an educated guess.
    – Olivier
    Dec 20, 2016 at 14:33
  • @Olivier Could you please give direction to which files I should look into? Also note that, in both machines, the \home directory is mounted on an own partition, so perhaps mounting \home\exports\* afterwards from \etc\fstable suffers from this nesting... (new info added to the question) Dec 20, 2016 at 14:45
  • should be something like /var/log/boot.log on ubuntu 14 but I think Sagar has the answer to your problem already. _netdev will let the boot system know to wait until the network is working to do the mount.
    – Olivier
    Dec 20, 2016 at 14:58
  • @Olivier /var/log/boot.org shows only one suspicious fail at line 1 * Starting Read required files in advance[234G[[31mfail[39;49m], all the other operations featuring mounting and network are [ OK ]. One other fail deals with printers and a NSM status monitor. Sagar's solution to this moment is not effective either. Dec 20, 2016 at 17:58
  • Try adding bg to your mount options in /etc/fstab.
    – Olivier
    Dec 20, 2016 at 21:04

2 Answers 2


If your mount -a option works then you should add _netdev in fstab. /home/import/server1 nfs defaults,_netdev 0 0

Also make sure for "chkconfig netfs on"

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    Nope, unfortunately. After your line I still need to launch sudo mount -a to get the mounting done. Also, chkconfig is no package supported by Ubuntu, if I am not wrong (I myself had launched a sudo service nfs-kernel-server start earlier -- but that's on the server's side anyhow, I believe, while I am struggling at the client's side) Dec 20, 2016 at 17:40
  • Please share your boot logs. _netdev is for network device and mounts the device once network service is up.
    – Sagar
    Dec 22, 2016 at 2:26
  • Also share output of "tail -1 /etc/mtab " after firing sudo mount -a.
    – Sagar
    Dec 22, 2016 at 2:33
  1. Create a file at: /etc/network/if-up.d/fstab

  2. Add this to it:

    mount -a
  3. Make the file executable:

    sudo chmod +x /etc/network/if-up.d/fstab

You are directing the system at boot time to issue a mount -a after the network stack is up and operation which if it's like a cifs mount in fstab is the reason your shares are not mounting at boot.

From this answer: nfs shares in /etc/fstab not loaded on boot in 18.04 at Ubuntu forums.

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