The Autofs Automounter
Brent Callaghan and Satinder Singh
Prior to the introduction of the automounter in 1987, NFS mounts were
administered separately on each workstation. The automounter has
provided administrators with a tool to construct a filesystem
namespace that can be shared across an organization. While the
automounter is widely used, its success has been tempered by problems
inherent in its implementation. This paper describes a new
implementation of the automounter based on a new filesystem. This new
automounter not only fixes the problems, but provides some interesting
opportunities for future development.
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