USENIX Technical Program - Abstract - 13th Systems Administration Conference - LISA '99
Enhancements to the Autofs Automounter
Ricardo Labiaga, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
An automounter is a system tool that enables administrators to share a
uniform file system name space across an organization. Until the
introduction of the enhanced autofs automounter, no automounter had
integrated browsability of maps into the operating system. This paper
describes enhancements made to the autofs automounter that enable
entry listing in automounter maps without triggering mount storms.
This allows applications to seamlessly browse potential mountable
entries without the overhead of file system mounts. In addition, this
paper describes the implementation of lazy mounting of hierarchies,
which improves on-demand file system mounting.