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
autofs will consult a configuration file @mapdir@/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.
@initdir@/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 changes.
@initdir@/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.
This page is part of the autofs (automount) project. Information
about the project can be found at ⟨http://www.autofs.org/⟩. If you
have a bug report for this manual page, send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org. This page was obtained from the project's
upstream Git repository
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9 Sep 1997 AUTOFS(8)