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/etc/init.d/autofs - Control Script for automounter
autofs control the operation of the automount(8) daemons running on the Linux system. Usu-
ally autofs is invoked at system boot time with the start parameter and at shutdown time
with the stop parameter. The autofs script can also manually be invoked by the system
administrator to shut down, restart or reload the automounters.
autofs will consult a configuration file /etc/auto.master (see auto.master(5)) to find
mount points on the system. For each of those mount points a automount(8) process is
started with the appropriate parameters. You can check the active mount points for the
automounter with the /etc/init.d/autofs status command. After the auto.master configura-
tion file is processed the autofs script will check for an NIS map with the same name. If
such a map exists then that map will be processed in the same way as the auto.master map.
The NIS map will be processed last.
/etc/init.d/autofs reload will check the current auto.master map against running daemons.
It will kill those daemons whose entries have changed and then start daemons for new or
If a map is modified then the change will become effective immediately. If the auto.master
map is modified then the autofs script must be rerun to activate the changes.
/etc/init.d/autofs status will display the current configuration and a list of currently
running automount daemons.
automount(8), autofs(5), auto.master(5).
This manual page was written by Christoph Lameter <email@example.com>, for the Debian
GNU/Linux system. Edited by H. Peter Anvin <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
9 Sep 1997 AUTOFS(8)
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