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I'm running an Ubuntu 10.10 VM under Parallels Desktop in Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

I need to make the filesystem of this VM available to OS X. I can do it the other way around, where my OS X folders show up inside the VM, but this isn't acceptable, unfortunately.

I've installed Parallels Tools, but this doesn't make any new options available to me in the VM configuration.

I fully realize that this might be the easiest thing in the world, but for whatever reason, I'm not finding a simple answer.

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oh, one question - what do you want, sharing files when your VM is online, or only do it when the VM is stopped? –  Florenz Kley Mar 20 '11 at 21:47
    
I need to share files when it's online, if that's possible. –  bigmattyh Mar 20 '11 at 21:49
    
it is. use NFS. –  Florenz Kley Mar 20 '11 at 22:10
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Easiest way to do it with a live system is to export it via NFS on the Linux VM and then use "Go to foder" in finder (Shift-Cmd-G) on the Mac host and enter

/net/vmhost

or whatever hostname your VM has. If the name does not wirk, try the IP address.

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I'm giving this a try now. Never used NFS before though, so we'll see how it goes! –  bigmattyh Mar 20 '11 at 21:55
    
if you are in a network where you trust everyone and you "just want to read + write" try this as export line in /etc/exports: /myexport *(insecure,rw,async,no_subtree_check,no_root_squash) –  Florenz Kley Mar 20 '11 at 22:12
    
Exporting an nfs share actually ended up being a huge headache, unfortunately. I ended up using MacFusion to mount the VM as an SSHFS share, and it was a lot easier than setting up and configuring nfs. Thanks for the help! –  bigmattyh Mar 21 '11 at 18:16
    
why? That should not be so hard :-) can you elaborate on the (Linux?) problems? –  Florenz Kley Mar 22 '11 at 22:42
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