To add just a bit further to Mike’s response, I’ll give a quick synopsis
of the purpose of those files:
The auto.master file essentially defines: When something CDs into the
path specified by the first value, automount daemon will be in control
of what gets mounted within it, according to the file listed as the
Then the contents of that second file essentilaly says: the subdir
‘apps’ will be a mount point for server-hostname:\apps.
That is the basic way autofs works. There are additional, more complex
ways it can be used, but those are the basics.
You can also alternatively activate the “/net” commented line that is
already in auto.master, which will use the auto.net file. The auto.net
file is a script which can dynamically discover servers and mount their
nfs exports. With that approach, any time you CD to /net/server1,
autofs will dynamically find server1, learn what it has nfs exported,
and attempt to mount all those things within /net/server1/. Simarly for
server2, anyname, etc.
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