Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Debian GNU/Linux mounting Novell NetWare volumes

This is example of mounting Novell NetWare 5.1 partitions with Debian GNU/Linux (in this case - unstable with kernel 3.2.0).

First we need ncpfs package.

# apt-get install ncpfs

Then we need ncpfs module in kernel (it comes with debian kernel).

# modprobe ncpfs

Novell Context is support.gabrovo.hq
Username is niki
Server IP address is 10.1.42.24
Volume to mount is called - data

# ncpmount -o tcp -S 10.1.42.24 -A 10.1.42.24 -U niki.support.gabrovo.hq -V data /mnt/
Logging into 10.1.42.24 as NIKI.SUPPORT.GABROVO.HQ
Password:
# ls -la /mnt/
total 5
drwxr-xr-x  1 root root  512 Jan  1  1986 .
drwxr-xr-x 24 root root 4096 Mar  7 14:12 ..
dr-xr-xr-x  1 root root  512 Mar 12 13:57 MAN

# df -h
Filesystem                                              Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
rootfs                                                  389G   23G  362G   6% /
udev                                                     10M     0   10M   0% /dev
tmpfs                                                   596M  848K  595M   1% /run
/dev/disk/by-uuid/2e00092b-1986-4e86-9887-996ff2949e05  389G  23G  362G   6% /
tmpfs                                                   5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
tmpfs                                                   3.4G  172K  3.4G   1% /run/shm
10.1.42.24/NIKI.SUPPORT.GABROVO.HQ                               137G 132G  4.9G  97% /mnt
Mount options and what they mean as follow:
-o tcp - use tcp (or -o udp)
-S 10.1.42.24 - server name/ip address.
-A 10.1.42.24 - which server to ask for name addresses.
-U niki.support.gabrovo.hq - niki is the user name and support.gabrovo.hq is context tree.
-V data - name of the volume to mount - "data".

If you did something wrong when mounting you can clear all your connections to novell with the following command:

# ncplogout -a

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