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autofs (automount) is not mounting

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11


Automounter is not mounting file systems even though the syntax in the map files has been configured correctly.  For example:
auto.master syntax is acceptable:
/mountpoint  /etc/  --timeout 600
In turn, /etc/ contains:
dir1  -fstype=nfs,rw,nosuid,soft  server:/export
Automountd (autofs) has been started successfully.  However, when a user enters the /mountpoint directory, there is no "dir1" present, and nothing has been mounted.


For normal map files (such as in the example above), insure that the file does not have execute permissions set.  When automount see an executable map file, it assumes it is a script and attempts to execute it.  Then, it would use the output of that script to determine the map.  However, a normal map file has the map defined already, and needs to be read, not executed.
Conversely, if the map file is indeed a script designed to build maps on the fly, it must be executable or automount will not use it correctly.


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  • Document ID:7008897
  • Creation Date: 24-Jun-2011
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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