SLE10SP2 autofs4 client fails to mount share from autofs5 enabled server via NIS data

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Service Pack 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 2


A SLE10 SP2 based client with autofs 4.1.4-23.23 is not able to automount shares provided by a NIS server running autofs5. Manually mounting the NFS shares and querying the NIS data using commands like '/usr/bin/ypcat -k auto.home' is possible. 



Edit /etc/init.d/autofs, search for line 137 and add the following entries:

+               else
+                   map=${map#*:}

Please alter this section as shown in the following example:

                 if test -z "$maptype" || ! is_maptype "$maptype"; then
                 if [ ! -z "$dir" -a ! -z "$map" -a x`echo "$map" | cut -c1` != 'x-' ] ; then

Save the changes and restart autofs using 'rcautofs restart'.

This issue is fixed as of SLES10SP4.


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  • Document ID:7004502
  • Creation Date: 23-Sep-2009
  • Modified Date:05-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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