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


automountddaemon 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.
-m 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.
-o options
Specify mount options. Options specified here ill 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.


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.
April 20, 2014 FreeBSD