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 inactivity.

       -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.

       -S, --systemd-service
              Used when running the automounter as a systemd service to ensure
              log entry format is consistent with the log entry format when
              running as a daemon.

       -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 configuration.

              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
              appended 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 configured autofs
              managed mount points during startup. This can cause problems for
              processes with working directories within these mounts (see

       -U, --force-exit
              Force an unlink umount of existing mounts under configured autofs
              managed mount points and exit rather than continuing the startup.
              This can cause problems for processes with working directories
              within these mounts (see NOTES).

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

              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

       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

       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)