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AUTOMOUNTD(8) FreeBSD System Manager's Manual AUTOMOUNTD(8)

automountd
daemon handling autofs mount requests

automountd [
-D name=value
] [
-i
] [
-m maxproc
] [
-o options
] [
-d
] [
-v
]

The automountd daemon is responsible for handling autofs(5) mount requests, parsing maps, and mounting filesystems they specify. On startup, automountd forks into background and waits for kernel requests. When a request is received, automountd forks a child process. The child process parses the appropriate map and mounts filesystems accordingly. Then it signals the kernel to release blocked processes that were waiting for the mount.
Define a variable.
For indirect mounts, only create subdirectories if there are no wildcard entries. Without -i, automountd creates all the subdirectories it can. Users may not realize that the wildcard map entry makes it possible to access directories that have not yet been created.
maxproc
Limit the number of forked automountd processes, and thus the number of mount requests being handled in parallel. The default is 30.
Debug mode: increase verbosity and do not daemonize.
options
Specify mount options. Options specified here will be overridden by options entered in maps or auto_master(5).
Increase verbosity.

The automountd utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.

auto_master(5), autofs(5), automount(8), autounmountd(8)

The automountd daemon appeared in FreeBSD 10.1.

The automountd was developed by Edward Tomasz Napierala <trasz@FreeBSD.org> under sponsorship from the FreeBSD Foundation.
March 10, 2015 FreeBSD 12.0-RELEASE

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