AUTOFS(8)                                                            AUTOFS(8)

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

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

       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 aut-
       ofs 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)) to find mount points on the system. For each  of  those
       mount  points  a  automount(8)  process is started with the appropriate
       parameters. You can check the active mount points for  the  automounter
       with  the /etc/init.d/autofs status command. After the auto.master con-
       figuration file is processed the autofs script will check  for  an  NIS
       map with the same name. If such a map exists then that map will be pro-
       cessed in the same way as the auto.master map. The NIS map will be pro-
       cessed last.

       /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 current configuration and a
       list of currently running automount daemons.

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

       This manual page was written by Christoph  Lameter  <>,
       for  the Debian GNU/Linux system.  Edited by H. Peter Anvin <hpa@trans->.

                                  9 Sep 1997                         AUTOFS(8)