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

       automount - manage autofs mount points

       automount [options] [master_map]

       The automount program is used to manage mount points for autofs, the
       inlined Linux automounter.  automount works by reading the
       auto.master(5) map and sets up mount points for each entry in the
       master map allowing them to be automatically mounted when accessed. The
       file systems are then automatically umounted after a period of

       -h, --help
              Print brief help on program usage.

       -p, --pid-file
              Write the pid of the daemon to the specified file.

       -t <seconds>, --timeout <seconds>
              Set the global minimum timeout, in seconds, until directories
              are unmounted. The default is 10 minutes. Setting the timeout to
              zero disables umounts completely.  The internal program default
              is 10 minutes, but the default installed configuration overrides
              this and sets the timeout to 5 minutes to be consistent with
              earlier autofs releases.

       -M <seconds>, --master-wait <seconds>
              Set the maximum time to wait for the master map to become
              available if it cannot be read at program start.

       -n <seconds>, --negative-timeout <seconds>
              Set the default timeout for caching failed key lookups. The
              default is 60 seconds.

       -v, --verbose
              Enables logging of general status and progress messages for all
              autofs managed mounts.

       -d, --debug
              Enables logging of general status and progress messages as well
              as debugging messages for all autofs managed mounts.

       -Dvariable=value, --define variable=value
              Define a global macro substitution variable. Global definitions
              are over-ridden macro definitions of the same name specified in
              mount entries.

       -f, --foreground
              Run the daemon in the foreground and log to stderr instead of

       -r, --random-multimount-selection
              Enables the use of random selection when choosing a host from a
              list of replicated servers.

       -m, --dumpmaps [<map type> <map name>]
              With no parameters, list information about the configured
              automounter maps, then exit.

              If the dumpmaps option is given and is followed by two
              parameters, "<map type> <map name>" then simple "<key, value>"
              pairs that would be read in by a map read are printed to stdout
              if the given map type and map name are found in the map

              If the map is an LDAP map and there is more than one map of same
              name in different base dns only the first map encountered by
              autofs will be listed. Similarly, if the map is a file map and
              there is more than one map of the same name in different
              directories, only the first map encountered will be listed.

              If the map type is an old style multi-map and any one of the map
              names in the multi-map entry matches the given map name the
              entries that would be used by autofs for the whole multi-map
              will be listed.

       -O, --global-options
              Allows the specification of global mount options used for all
              master map entries. These options will either replace or be
              appened to options given in a master map entry depending on the
              APPEND_OPTIONS configuration setting.

       -V, --version
              Display the version number, then exit.

       -l, --set-log-priority priority path [path,...]
              Set the daemon log priority to the specified value.  Valid
              values include the numbers 0-7, or the strings emerg, alert,
              crit, err, warning, notice, info, or debug. Log level debug will
              log everything, log levels info, warn (or warning), or notice
              with enable the daemon verbose logging. Any other level will set
              basic logging. Note that enabling debug or verbose logging in
              the autofs global configuration will override dynamic log level
              changes. For example, if verbose logging is set in the
              configuration then attempting to set logging to basic logging,
              by using alert, crit, err or emerg won't stop the verbose
              logging. However, setting logging to debug will lead to
              everything (debug logging) being logged witch can then also be
              disabled, returning the daemon to verbose logging. This option
              can be specified to change the logging priority of an already
              running automount process.

       The path argument corresponds to the automounted path name as specified
       in the master map.

       -C, --dont-check-daemon
              Don't check if the daemon is currently running (see NOTES).

       -F, --force
              Force an unlink umount of existing mounts under autofs managed
              mount points during startup. This can cause problems for
              processes with working directories within these mounts (see

       automount takes one optional argument, the name of the master map to

              Location for autofs master map that defines autofs managed mount
              points and the mount maps they will use. The default is

       If the automount daemon catches a USR1 signal, it will umount all
       currently unused autofs managed mounted file systems and continue
       running (forced expire).  If it catches the TERM signal it will umount
       all unused autofs managed mounted file systems and exit if there are no
       remaining busy file systems. If autofs has been compiled with the
       option to ignore busy mounts on exit it will exit leaving any busy
       mounts in place otherwise busy file systems will not be umounted and
       autofs will not exit.  Alternatively, if autofs has been compiled with
       the option to enable forced shutdown then a USR2 signal to the daemon
       will cause all mounts to be umounted and any busy mounts to be forcibly
       umounted, including autofs mount point directories (summary execution).
       Note that the forced umount is an unlink operation and the actual
       umount will not happen in the kernel until active file handles are
       released.  The daemon also responds to a HUP signal which triggers an
       update of the maps for each mount point.

       If any autofs mount point directories are busy when the daemon is sent
       an exit signal the daemon will not exit. The exception to this is if
       autofs has been built with configure options to either ignore busy
       mounts at exit or force umount at exit. If the ignore busy mounts at
       exit option is used the filesystems will be left in a catatonic (non-
       functional) state and can be manually umounted when they become unused.
       If the force umount at exit option is used the filesystems will be
       umounted but the mount will not be released by the kernel until they
       are no longer in use by the processes that held them busy.  If
       automount managed filesystems are found mounted when autofs is started
       they will be recovered unless they are no longer present in the map in
       which case they need to umounted manually.

       If the option to disable the check to see if the daemon is already
       running is used be aware that autofs currently may not function
       correctly for certain types of automount maps. The mounts of the
       separate daemons might interfere with one another. The implications of
       running multiple daemon instances needs to be checked and tested before
       we can say this is supported.

       If the option to force an unlink of mounts at startup is used then
       processes whose working directory is within unlinked automounted
       directories will not get the correct pwd from the system. This is
       because, after the mount is unlinked from the mount tree, anything that
       needs to walk back up the mount tree to construct a path, such as
       getcwd(2) and the proc filesystem /proc/<pid>/cwd, cannot work because
       the point from which the path is constructed has been detached from the
       mount tree.

       autofs(5), autofs(8), autofs.conf(5), auto.master(5), mount(8),

       Don't know, I've fixed everything I know about.

       The documentation could be better.

       Please report other bugs along with a detailed description to
       <>. Visit
       lists.html#autofs for information about the list.

       H. Peter Anvin <> and Ian Kent <>.

                                  12 Apr 2006                     AUTOMOUNT(8)