AutoFS provides automounting of removable media or network shares when they are Removable media; NFS network mounts. Configure a basic automount function on your network file system with autofs. Automount mini−Howto. Rahul Sundaram, [email protected] v, −12− This file describes the autofs automounter, how to configure it, and .

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However, if you need to authenticate before accessing the Samba share, automount will not function.

Note – Mounts managed through the autofs service should not be manually mounted or unmounted. Wildcard characters Let’s say you have a directory with a number of subdirectories which you want to have auto-mounted individually. So this is how we can configure Autofs Automount in Linux, If you found this article useful then Please Like Us, Subscribe Us or If you have something to say then feel free to comment on the comment box below.

Refer to “Autofs Unmounting” for an explanation autovs this limitation.

You can influence the selection of servers at the same proximity level by adding a weighting value to the autofs map. What the autofs service does when a mount request is triggered depends on how the automounter maps are configured.

Here we are going to use NFS exported shares with Autofs to automatically mount it. Autofs chooses the nearest server and therefore confines NFS network traffic to a local network segment. Now the same entry for all clients applies to all architectures. Note – All other server selection factors are more important than weighting. This helps you to accommodate different architecture types accessing the same file system location.


Mount read-write, specifying a user and group to own autofe files: Before we start the configuration of Autofs we have to install required packages. If the map name starts with a dash -automount consults the appropriate built-in map, zutofs as xfn or hosts.

When a request is made to access a file system at an autofs mount point: This means any of the replicated locations can provide the same service to any user. In auhomount autofs mount, the colon: If the -soft option is used, requests to reinstall the trigger nodes can time out.


Introduction autofs is a program for automatically mounting directories on an as-needed basis. Not only is the best server automatically determined, but if that server becomes unavailable, the client automatically uses the next-best server. After the file system is mounted, further access does not require any action from automountd until the file system is automatically unmounted. Refer the Output below. Which server is best depends on a number of factors including: The benefit is that the best available server is used automatically without any effort required by the user.

How Autofs Works (System Administration Guide, Volume 3)

You can create an autofs map that will execute some commands to generate the autofs mount points. After consulting the included map, if no match is found, automount continues scanning the current map.

When a client attempts to access a file system that is not presently mounted, the autofs file system intercepts the request and calls automountd to mount the requested directory. Multiple locations are useful in an environment where individual servers might not export their file systems temporarily. How Autofs Works Autofs is a client-side service that automatically mounts the appropriate file system.

Under these circumstances running the following command: Configuration autofs can be configured by editing configuration files. Be sure that you understand the security implications of this before proceeding.


How Autofs Works

This script also runs the automount command, which reads the master map see “How Autofs Starts the Navigation Process Master Map ” and installs autofs mount points. The following line is for shares using older versions of NFS prior to version 4: Subsequent references to the mount are redirected by the autofs–no further participation is required by automountd until the file system is automatically unmounted by autofs after a period of inactivity.

Auto-mount or auto-mounting refers to the process of automatically mounting filesystems. The components that work together to accomplish automatic mounting are: Check the output from the first terminal for clues as to why the mount failed or was not attempted.

Figure illustrates server proximity. Map files take the following format: Autofs last edited In such a case, the above line would appear as follows: If several servers supporting the same protocol are on the local subnet, the time to connect to each server is determined and the fastest is used.

When multiple layers are defined in the automounter files, the mount process becomes more complex. The automount command is controlled within a domain and on computers through the name space or local files.

If there is a version 2 server on the local subnet and the closest version 3 server is on a remote subnet, the version 2 server is given preference.