The nfs-mount interface

The nfs-mount interface allows the mounting and unmounting of Network File System mount points within a snap’s writable areas.

Note: This interface only supports NFSv4. This should not cause problems as earlier versoins are now considerably old and are unlikely to be being used.

Interface documentation:

See Interface management and Supported interfaces for further details on how interfaces are used.

Developer details

Auto-connect : no
Super-privileged : no

Requires snapd version 2.62+.

This interface requires only the addition of nfs-mount to a snap’s list of plugs , unlike other mounting interfaces which require additional rules.

Additionally, the userspace binaries required to mount shares are not included in base snaps. They will need to be installed manually from the nfs-common package.

Code examples

The following is a simple example snapcraft.yaml with accompanying mount and unmount scripts for a snap that will mount and unmount an NFS share within $SNAP_COMMON:

name: nfs4-example
base: core22
version: '0.1'
summary: Example Snap showing off the new nfs-mount interface.
description: |
  This snap provides two commands: nfs-mount and nfs-unmount.
  Mount takes a single argument in the form of <hostname>:<nfs-share-name>.

grade: stable
confinement: strict

    command: bin/
    plugs: [nfs-mount]
    command: bin/
    plugs: [nfs-mount]

    plugin: dump
    source: ./src
      '*': bin/
    plugin: nil
    stage-packages: [nfs-common]

The mount script

#!/bin/sh -eux

# If not argument is provided, print help and exit
[ -n "$1" ] || {
  printf '%s <hostname>:<nfs-share-path>\n' "$0"
  exit 1

# Ensure that the mount point has been created
[ -d "${SNAP_COMMON}/mnt" ] \
  || mkdir -p "${SNAP_COMMON}/mnt"

# Attempt to mount the share
mount.nfs4 "$1" "${SNAP_COMMON}/mnt"

And the unmount script,

#!/bin/sh -eux

umount "${SNAP_COMMON}/mnt"

The test code for this interface can be found in the snapd repository:

The source code for this interface is in the snapd repository: