“Network File System” is the abbreviation for “Network File System.” NFS is a file-sharing protocol that allows users to share data across a network. Sun Microsystems created it and released it in 1989. The protocol is platform-agnostic, which means it can be used with a variety of operating systems and network setups.

Despite the fact that “file system” makes up two-thirds of the Network File System acronym, the Network File System is not a true file system like NTFS or APFS. Instead, it’s a protocol that defines common commands for retrieving files from network-based storage. It employs remote procedure calls to access files and is based on the RPC protocol. Also, know what is Content Delivery Network and its benefits in detail here!

Network File System (NFS) Commands:

  • NFSPROC LOOKUP() searches for files based on their names. 
  • NFSPROC READ() reads from a file.
  • NFSPROC WRITE() is used to write to a file.

NFS may mount files and documents in a local directory, enabling client systems to view remote data as if it were a local directory. Subdirectories can be traversed, file permissions can be looked up, and files can be read, written, and created. NFS converts file paths and file commands to work with the appropriate file system.

NOTE: Because Network File System is open source, any developer can add Network File System support to software. However, in order for NFS to work, both the server and client systems must be NFS-compatible.

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