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Mount NFS server and move SWAP to nfs share on the Raspberry Pi

RaspberryPiBefore we can start with this on the Raspberry we need to make sure we have the NFS Server up and running. In my case this is a FreeNas box that has multiple disk running in zfs raid.
After the share is set up on the server (/mnt/pool1/pi) we can switch to the Pi.

First we need to make sure the rpcbind service is running and started on bootup.

sudo update-rc.d rpcbind defaults && sudo service rpcbind start

Now we can test if we can mount our share before we add it to our fstab:

sudo mount YourNfsServerIp://mnt/pool1/pi /mnt

Check with df -h if the share is mounted.(normally when it doesn’t show an error all should be ok.)
My results:

pi@pi ~ $ df -h
Filesystem                  Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
rootfs                      7,4G  2,5G  4,7G  35% /
/dev/root                   7,4G  2,5G  4,7G  35% /
devtmpfs                    239M     0  239M   0% /dev
tmpfs                        49M  260K   49M   1% /run
tmpfs                       5,0M     0  5,0M   0% /run/lock
tmpfs                        97M     0   97M   0% /run/shm
/dev/mmcblk0p1               56M  9,6M   47M  18% /boot
192.168.1.11:/mnt/pool1/pi  113G  7,5G  106G   7% /mnt

Now that all is working we can add a new line to /etc/fstab  (change the ip with your own.)

192.168.1.11:/mnt/pool1/pi /mnt    nfs    defaults    0    0

Now that NFS is setup correct we can move the swap to a real drive.
Let’s start with cleaning and removing the old on the sd-card.

sudo apt-get remove –purge dphys-swapfile -y
sudo rm /var/swap
sudo rm /etc/init.d/dphys-swapfile
sudo update-rc.d dphys-swapfile remove

Now we can create and mount a new file.(1Gb change the value count=1024 if you need a smaller/larger swap)

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/swap bs=1M count=1024
sudo losetup /dev/loop0 /mnt/swap
sudo mkswap /dev/loop0
sudo swapon /dev/loop0

Check with free -m if you can see the swap file.
Now we can edit our /etc/rc.local and add before exit 0

echo “Setting up loopy/mnt/swap..”
sleep 2
losetup /dev/loop0 /mnt/swap
mkswap /dev/loop0
swapon /dev/loop0

Have fun.

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