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I've got a dedicated server which does not have the NFS module installed on it. How can I install it?

It was not listed in /proc/filesystems

root@server [~]# cat /proc/filesystems | grep 'nfs'

And I wasn’t able to install it as a module

root@server [~]# insmod nfs
insmod: can't read 'nfs': No such file or directory
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Assuming you are using RHEL/CentOS 5 and you want to setup an NFS CLIENT in that box:

  1. yum install nfs-utils
  2. service portmap start (or bounce the server)

and you are ready to go.

Assuming you are using RHEL/CentOS 5 and you want to setup an NFS SERVER in that box:

  1. yum install nfs-utils
  2. chkconfig nfs on (to activate the service when booting)
  3. service portmap start
  4. service nfs start

the last 2 are not required if you reboot the server. You don't need to load modules manually for this to work.

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Unless it's acquired some sort of higher level metadata since the last time I looked, insmod needs the whole path to the module file. Try looking for files named *nfs*.o.

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Try modprobe instead. But it should be loaded on demand once you try to actually mount a NFS filesystem.

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Try 'modprobe nfs'

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