I mount /mnt on my laptop (host bozo). I touch me.mine and then I type ls -l and I find that the file is owned by 4294967294. I would like to know why this number is generated since it doesn't correspond to the obvious. Is there a way to show file ownership is bozo as that is my laptop's hostname? But I guess that won't matter much when I log in as a user instead of being logged in as root (on the laptop)--or would it? While I'm waiting for a book that my unlock the NFS secrets I'll just end this with your truly, Keith.