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November 26, 2010
08:58 PM CET

New Addon for VDR available in yaVDR 0.3: Zeroconf-based mounting of NFS shares

With yaVDR 0.2 we introduced the automatic mounting of network shares through an autofs-based mechanism. Many users had problems with that and the development was discontinued. Since then we concentrated on finding a new and better solution.I guess we now have one. it's first available in yaVDR 0.3 but can also be used in any Debian-based VDR installation.

There is a mechanism originally sketch out from Apple which they called zeroconf. The idea is that every host in a network broadcasts all the services he offers. Clients can than automatically consume what they like and understand, obviously. Why not do the same with VDR?

The specification of zeroconf is free to use for everyone and there is a implementation on Linux, too. It's called avahi and supports broadcasting of services as well as the consumption of them.

The addon comes with some preconfigured services and also supports as a client the automatic mounting of exposed services of a special kind. So exporting and mounting between VDR hosts works without further user interaction. It is also very easy to setup every linux-based installation to broadcast own services in a way that they can be automatically used from VDR. More information on that will be given in a howto soon.

Howto get a hand on this amazing feature in yaVDR: It's currently available in the testing branch. Simply do:

apt-get install vdr-addon-avahi-mounter

on every host that should export nfs shares or use them. That's all. Lean back and enjoy.

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michael
January 12, 2011
02:37 PM CET
docs?

Hello! Could you please post some information on how to configure this? E.g. how do i add custom shares, how is this system better / worse than usual nfs4 security wise, ect. Tried to search the wiki but with not much success. Thanks!

hepi
January 20, 2011
09:24 AM CET
Tutorial

Michael, ares has written a tutorial. The tutorial was not linked from this blog post yet: http://www.yavdr.org/tutorials/vdr-addon-avahi-mounter/ Cheers, hepi

michael
January 23, 2011
08:32 PM CET
cool

Thanks for the info hepi :)

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