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automountd – daemon handling autofs mount requests



automountd [-D name=value] [-i] [-m maxproc] [-o options] [-d] [-v]


The automountd daemon is responsible for handling autofs(5) mount requests, parsing maps, and mounting filesystems they specify. On startup, automountd forks into background and waits for kernel requests. When a request is received, automountd forks a child process. The child process parses the appropriate map and mounts filesystems accordingly. Then it signals the kernel to release blocked processes that were waiting for the mount.
  Define a variable.
  For indirect mounts, only create subdirectories if there are no wildcard entries. Without -i, automountd creates all the subdirectories it can. Users may not realize that the wildcard map entry makes it possible to access directories that have not yet been created.
-m maxproc
  Limit the number of forked automountd processes, and thus the number of mount requests being handled in parallel. The default is 30.
  Debug mode: increase verbosity and do not daemonize.
-o options
  Specify mount options. Options specified here will be overridden by options entered in maps or auto_master(5).
  Increase verbosity.


The utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.


auto_master(5), autofs(5), automount(8), autounmountd(8)


The automountd daemon appeared in FreeBSD 10.1 .


The automountd was developed by Edward Tomasz Napierala <Mt trasz@FreeBSD.org> under sponsorship from the FreeBSD Foundation.

AUTOMOUNTD (8) March 10, 2015

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