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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.
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