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       /etc/init.d/autofs - Control Script for automounter


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


       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.  If  the  auto.master
       configuration file contains a line of the form

       +map [options]

       then the 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, with any optional arguments.

       /etc/init.d/autofs  reload  will  check  the  current  auto.master  map
       against  running daemons. It will kill those daemons 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 configuration and  a
       list of currently running automount daemons.


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


       This  manual  page was written by Christoph Lameter <>,
       for  the  Debian  GNU/Linux  system.   Edited   by   H.   Peter   Anvin

                                  9 Sep 1997                         AUTOFS(8)