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NFSv3 of course doesn't support ZFS ACL's, but what will happen if I have the following setup?:

+-----------------------------------------+            +-------------+
|           FreeBSD ZFS serv1             |    NFSv3   | Linux serv2 |
| user1:      read/write to /zfs/project1 | <--------- | user1       |
| user2: deny read/write to /zfs/project1 |            | user2       |
+-----------------------------------------+            +-------------+

ZFS ACL's have been set on serv1 and serv2 mounts over NFSv3.


I assume uers1 will be able to read/write as that is what NFSv3 world normally do.

But will user2 be denied?

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I'd try it and see. Easy to test. – ewwhite Nov 19 '12 at 14:15
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Ben Rockwood (solaris guru) blogged about this in greater detail: NFS ZFS ACL's. The part that pertains to your question is a few sections down.

In short, it won't work. You need to upgrade to NFSv4 (eh), or use POSIX ACL's on a different FS (boo!).

I say "eh" about NFSv4 b/c I tried to figure it out a few times & failed. It seems to require a very homogenous environment centered around LDAP & Kerberos, which is actually great from a security standpoint, but a bummer if you just want to test stuff & don't have all those things. Hopefully you'll have better luck.

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what doesn't work? I know I can't manage ACL's over NFSv3, but the permissions have already been set on the server. Will user2 be denied or given access? – Sandra Nov 19 '12 at 15:01
user2 will be denied, possibly even user1, depending on what the POSIX permissions are. All serv2 will see are the POSIX permissions; it will not see the ZFS ACL's at all. – churnd Nov 19 '12 at 16:23

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