How to debug autofs and automount

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You configured autofs, but the mount somehow fails. You see something like the following in /var/log/messages:

Jun 22 11:59:04 e1racdev25 automount[32211]: failed to mount /data/share

This message is not helpful.


Start autofs with the --debug option. Simply add it to the configuration file /etc/sysconfig/autofs in the following line:

Restart the service with
rcautofs restart
and you will find a lot more information about what automount does in /var/log/messages.


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  • Document ID:3488301
  • Creation Date: 26-Jun-2007
  • Modified Date:23-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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