Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
When autofs 4.x and it's supplied auto.net script is in use,
there is some inconsistency in how the mounts take place.
When a user changes directory (cd) to /net/server1, if server1
only has one export (for example, /ex1) then server1:/ex1 is
mounted directly in /net/server1. In other words, a directory
listing of /net/server1 would show the contents of ex1. It
would not show the ex1 subdir entry.
But if server1 has two or more exports (for example, /ex1 and
/ex2) then ex1 is mounted at /net/server1/ex1 and ex2 is mounted at
The end result is that individual mount points paths can
vary just because the total number of exports on the remote server
changes. This can lead to unexpected inconsistencies.
A new option has been created to the automounter in order to
force consistency. In /etc/auto.master add "-multi" as an
option. For example:
/net /etc/auto.net -multi
This will cause automounter to mount from single-export
servers in the same way as the multi-export server. It other
words, both will create the full remote subdir path under
/net/servername instead of mounting directly in
For this new option to be recognized, autofs must be
SLE 10 (first shipping) contains autofs-4.1.4-23.4, which does
not contain the new feature. SP1 contain autofs-4.1.4-23.14,
which does contain the feature.
Another way to check for this feature (besides just trying it
out) would be:
rpm -qi autofs
If the autofs package present is *newer* than 4.1.4-23.4 *and*
has a build date of September 7 2006 or later, this feature should
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