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

       autofs - Service control for the automounter

       If a SysV init script system is being used:
       /autofs start|stop|restart|reload|status

       or if the systemd init system is being used:
       systemctl start|stop|restart|reload|status autofs.service

       autofs controls the operation of the automount(8) daemon(s) 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.
       Service control actions can also be manually invoked by the system
       administrator to shut down, restart, reload or obtain service status.

       autofs will consult a configuration file /etc/autofs/auto.master (see
       auto.master(5)) by default to find mount points on the system. For each
       of those mount points automount(8) will mount and start a thread, with
       the appropriate parameters, to manage the mount point.

       /autofs reload or systemctl autofs.service reload will check the
       current auto.master map against the current automount managed mounts.
       It will terminate those daemons or threads (depending on autofs
       version) whose entries have been removed, re-read the automount maps
       for entries that have changed and start new daemons or threads for
       entries that have been added.

       If an indirect map is modified then the change will become effective
       immediately.  If an indirect map uses the browse option, the master map
       contains direct mount maps or the auto.master map is modified then the
       autofs service control reload action must be rerun to activate the

       However, if a map entry has offsets and is currently in use the offset
       mounts cannot be updated due to potential mount dependencies. In this
       case the map entry offsets will not be updated until after the map
       entry has expired.

       /autofs status or systemctl autofs.service status will display the
       status of, automount(8), running or not. When using the systemd init
       system the status output includes somewhat more information related to
       the service status.

       systemctl(1) has more functions than the actions mentioned here, see
       systemctl(1) for more information.

       automount(8), autofs(5), autofs.conf(5), auto.master(5),
       autofs_ldap_auth.conf(5), systemctl(1).

       This manual page was written by Christoph Lameter <>,
       for the Debian GNU/Linux system.  Edited by H. Peter Anvin
       <> and Ian Kent <>.

                                  9 Sep 1997                         AUTOFS(8)