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       automount   [options]  mount-point  map-type[,format]  map


       The automount program is used to configure a  mount  point
       for  autofs,  the  inlined  Linux  automounter.  automount
       works by taking a base mount-point and map file, and using
       these (combined with other options) to automatically mount
       filesystems within the  base  mount-point  when  they  are
       accessed  in  any  way.   The filesystems are then autoun­
       mounted after a period of inactivity.


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

       -t, --timeout
              Set the minimum timeout, in seconds, until directo­
              ries are unmounted.   The  default  is  5  minutes.
              Setting  the timeout to zero disables unmounts com­

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


       automount takes at least three arguments.  Mandatory argu­
       ments  include mount-point, map-type and map.  Both manda­
       tory and optional arguments are described below.

              Base location for autofs-mounted filesystems to  be
              attached.   This  is  a  directory  name which must
              already exist.

              Type of map used for this invocation of  automount.
              The following are valid map types:

              file   The map is a regular text file.

                     The  map  is an executable program, which is
                     passed a key on the command line and returns
                     an entry on stdout if successful.

              yp     The map is a NIS (YP) database.

                     The map is a NIS+ database.


       format Format of the map data; currently the only formats
              recognized are sun, which is a subset  of  the  Sun
              automounter  map  format,  and  hesiod,  for hesiod
              filesys entries.  If the format  is  left  unspeci­
              fied,  it  defaults to sun for all map types except

       map    Location of mapfile to use.  This  is  an  absolute
              UNIX pathname in the case for maps of types file or
              program, and the name of a database in the case for
              maps of type yp, nisplus, or hesiod.

              Any  remaining command line arguments without lead­
              ing dashes (-) are taken as options (-o) to  mount.
              Arguments   with   leading  dashes  are  considered
              options for the maps.


       If the automount  daemon  catches  signal  USR1,  it  will
       unmount  all  currently  unused autofs-mounted filesystems
       and continue running (forced unmount.)  If it catches sig­
       nal   USR2  it  will  unmount  all  unused  autofs-mounted
       filesystems and exit if all  filesystems  were  unmounted.
       Busy filesystems will not be unmounted.


       autofs(5), mount(8).


       A  whole  slew  of  missing  desirable  features (see TODO

       The documentation leaves a lot to be desired.

       Please report other bugs along with a detailed description
       to  <autofs@linux.kernel.org>.  To join this mailing list,
       send a message with the line "subscribe autofs" to <major­


       H. Peter Anvin <hpa@transmeta.com>

                           19 Jun 2000               AUTOMOUNT(8)
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