Posts Tagged ‘Mac’

Teaching an old dog new tricks.

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Holy shit, two in a row, I must have a fever!  Ok, not really.

I use mac-minis for my “home theaters”.  I have one in the living room, and one in the basement “play room”.  I use to, long time ago, use a hacked Xbox.  I ran XBMC on it, then HD became more prevalent and the Xbox couldn’t handle it, so I purchased my first mac mini.  I also started using NFS to mount external drives to the mac as my media drives to watch TVs/movies, etc.

Well, on reboot, unless you have it set up to auto mount the NFS drives, you have to manually mount them every time either the NFS server goes off line, the mac mini goes off line, etc.

The old way you use to auto mount NFS drives is via Disk Utility.  You’d put in your mount information and every time the box rebooted the NFS shares would re-mount for you, and then you’d also have your XBMC ( now Kodi ) auto start as well, and basically when you changed your TV Input to there, you have your XBMC screen and you can get right in to watching your show.

Around 10.8 or so of OS X ( OS Ten, not X by the way ) they removed the option for NFS auto mounting via Disk Utility.  Now, while OS X is built off of a *nix variant, you do have things such as /etc/auto_home, /etc/autofs, /etc/fstab, I really didn’t want to mess with them and potentially cause issues.  Plus the /Volumes directory is the automatic mounted directory, it’s what I already had my mount points set to in XBMC/Kodi, and while trivial to change, let’s be real, I’m super lazy.

So, I went with what most procrastinators do, I only dealt with it when it popped it’s head up.  Meaning I go in to XBMC/Kodi and I see that the volume isn’t mounted.  I’d pop open Remote Desktop, hit cmd-space, select Finder, hit cmd-k and go through a quick return, cmd-k, down arrow, quick return, then a cmd-tab to get back in to XBMC/Kodi…and I did this for a couple of years, because it’s just too much of an issue to figure out NFS for mac.

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