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automountd -- daemon handling autofs mount requests
automountd [-div] [-D name=value] [-m maxproc] [-o options]
The automountd daemon is responsible for handling autofs(5) mount requests, parsing maps, and mounting file systems they specify. On startup, automountd forks into background and waits for kernel requests. When a request is received, automountd forks a child process. The child process parses the appropriate map and mounts file systems accordingly. Then it signals the kernel to release blocked processes that were waiting for the mount. -D Define a variable. -d Debug mode: increase verbosity and do not daemonize. -i For indirect mounts, only create subdirectories if there are no wild- card entries. Without -i, automountd creates all the subdirectories it can. Users may not realize that the wildcard map entry makes it possible to access directories that have not yet been created. -m maxproc Limit the number of forked automountd processes, and thus the number of mount requests being handled in parallel. The default is 30. -o options Specify mount options. Options specified here will be overridden by options entered in maps or auto_master(5). -T Increase verbosity. For compatibility with other implementations, such as OS X. -v Increase verbosity.
The automountd utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.
auto_master(5), autofs(5), automount(8), autounmountd(8)
The automountd daemon appeared in FreeBSD 10.1. The automountd daemon appeared in DragonFly 4.5. The automountd command appeared in NetBSD 9.0.
The automountd was developed by Edward Tomasz Napierala <> under sponsorship from the FreeBSD Foundation. automountd was ported to DragonFly and NetBSD by Tomohiro Kusumi <>. NetBSD 10.99 November 26, 2019 NetBSD 10.99
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