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Autofs Quick Start



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Why Autofs ?

Autofs automatically mounts file systems for you when they are requested. This has a very handy features: It's great for handling removable media. Just CD to the right directory, or execute ls or do anything that sends a request to the mount point: and the daemon mounts it. After all, it's the kind of job that's beneath the dignity of a human being First, you need to install the "autofs" package. It should include some appropriate config files. The files you need are /etc/auto.master and /etc/auto.mnt Examples shown below:


# Format of this file:
# mountpoint map options
# For details of the format look at autofs(8).

#/misc       /etc/auto.misc     --timeout 60
/mnt   /etc/auto.mnt --timeout 5
# This is an automounter map and it has the following format
# key [ -mount-options-separated-by-comma ] location
# Details may be found in the autofs(5) manpage


# nosuid means suid bits on mounted media will not be set. 

cdrom      -fstype=iso9660,user,nosuid        :/dev/cdrom
floppy     -fstype=ext2,defaults,user,nosuid,sync  :/dev/fd0
zip        -fstype=ext2,defaults,user,nosuid  :/dev/sda4