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       /etc/init.d/autofs - Control Script for automounter


       /etc/init.d/autofs start|stop|restart|reload|status


       autofs control the operation of the automount(8) daemons running on the
       Linux system. Usually autofs is invoked at system boot  time  with  the
       start  parameter  and  at  shutdown  time  with the stop parameter. The
       autofs script can also manually be invoked by the system  administrator
       to shut down, restart or reload the automounters.


       autofs   will   consult  a  configuration  file  /etc/auto.master  (see
       auto.master(5)) by default to find mount points on the system. For each
       of  those mount points automount(8) will mount and start a thread, with
       the appropriate parameters, to manage the mount point.

       /etc/init.d/autofs  reload  will  check  the  current  auto.master  map
       against  running daemons. It will kill those daemons whose entries have
       changed and then start daemons for new or changed entries.

       If a map is modified then the change will become effective immediately.
       If the auto.master map is modified then the autofs script must be rerun
       to activate the changes.

       /etc/init.d/autofs status will  display  the  status  of,  automount(8)
       ,running or not.


       automount(8), autofs(5), auto.master(5).  autofs_ldap_auth.conf(5)


       This  manual  page was written by Christoph Lameter <>,
       for  the  Debi  GNU/Linux   system.    Edited   by   H.   Peter   Anvin

                                  9 Sep 1997