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Autofs direct maps do not work

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10


Direct maps are configured in autofs, but they do not function, nor do they report any errors. An example of such an autofs configuration is:

# Master map for automounter
/‑ /etc/auto_direct

# Direct directory map for automounter
/usr/local ‑ro,hard,actimeo=360,retry=500 server1:/export/path
/opt/software ‑ro,hard,actimeo=360,retry=500 server1:/export/software


In principle, since autofs 4.1, *limited* support for direct mounts exists. However, there are limitations of this implementation:
  1. If the direct mount map refers to a mount within an existing filesystem, then the upper levels of that filesystem will be hidden, because an autofs filesystem will be mounted over them. For example, '/usr/local ‑ro,hard,actimeo=360,retry=500 server1:/export/path' will not work as expected, because/usrwill be broken out and overmounted.
  2. It cannot deal with single directory direct mounts. Consequently, something like: '/data host:/local/data' will not work.


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  • Document ID:3382845
  • Creation Date: 24-Jul-2007
  • Modified Date:13-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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