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       /etc/init.d/autofs start|stop|reload


       autofs  control  the operation of the automount(8) daemons
       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. The autofs script  can  also
       manually  be  invoked  by the system administrator to shut
       down, restart or reload the automounters.


       autofs will consult a configuration file  /etc/auto.master
       (see  auto.master(5))  to find mount points on the system.
       For each of those mount points a automount(8)  process  is
       started with the appropriate parameters. You can check the
       active  mount  points  for  the   automounter   with   the
       /etc/init.d/autofs  status  command. After the auto.master
       configuration file is processed  the  autofs  script  will
       check  for  an  NIS  map with the same name. If such a map
       exists then that map will be processed in the same way  as
       the auto.master map. The NIS map will be processed last.

       /etc/init.d/autofs reload will check the current auto.mas­
       ter map against running daemons. It will kill  those  dae­
       mons whose entries have changed and then start daemons for
       new or changed entries.

       If a map is modified then the change will become effective
       immediately.  If  the auto.master map is modified then the
       autofs script must be rerun to activate the changes.

       /etc/init.d/autofs status will display the current config­
       uration and a list of currently running automount daemons.


       automount(8), autofs(5), auto.master(5).


       This  manual  page  was  written  by   Christoph   Lameter
       <chris@waterf.org>,   for  the  Debian  GNU/Linux  system.
       Edited by H. Peter Anvin <hpa@transmeta.com>.

                            9 Sep 1997                  AUTOFS(8)
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