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AUTOFS(8)                   System Manager's Manual                  AUTOFS(8)



NAME
       /etc/init.d/autofs - Control Script for automounter

SYNOPSIS
       /etc/init.d/autofs start|stop|reload|status

DESCRIPTION
       autofs control the operation of the automount(8) daemons running on the
       Linux system. Usually autofs is invoked at system boot  time  with  the
       start  parameter and at shutdown time with the stop parameter. The aut-
       ofs script can also manually be invoked by the system administrator  to
       shut down, restart or reload the automounters.

OPERATION
       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. If the auto.master configu-
       ration file contains a line of the form

       +map [options]

       then the 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, with any optional arguments.

       /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 changed entries.

       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.

SEE ALSO
       automount(8), autofs(5), auto.master(5).

AUTHOR
       This  manual  page was written by Christoph Lameter <chrisATwaterf.org>,
       for the Debian GNU/Linux system.  Edited by H. Peter Anvin  <hpa@trans-
       meta.com>.



                                  9 Sep 1997                         AUTOFS(8)