Linux, Technical

Tech Tip: Self-Documenting Config Files

One of my personal “best practices” is to leave myself and my colleagues hints as to how to get the job done. Plenty of folks may be aware that they need to edit /etc/exports to add a client to an NFS server. I would guess that the filename and convention is decades old, but who among us, even the full-time Unix guy, recalls that you then need to reload the nfs-kernel-server process?

For example:

0-11:04 djh@fs0 ~$ head -7 /etc/exports
# /etc/exports: the access control list for filesystems which may be exported
#               to NFS clients.  See exports(5).
# ***** HINT: After you edit this file, do: *****
#       sudo service nfs-kernel-server reload
# ***** HINT: run the command on the previous line! *****

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