Using the NFS automounter
Resources shared through NFS® can be mounted using a method called
automounting. The automount
program (located in /usr/lib/nfs) mounts and unmounts remote
directories on an as-needed basis. Whenever a user on a client running
the automounter invokes a command that needs to access a remote file,
the shared resource to which that file belongs is mounted automatically.
When a certain amount of time has elapsed without the resource being
accessed, it is automatically unmounted. For additional information on
automount, see the
Once the automounter is invoked, an administrator does not have to set
mounting with the vfstab file, nor use the mount
and umount commands at the command line. All mounting is done
automatically and transparently.
Mounting some resources with automount does not exclude the
possibility of mounting others with mount; in fact, in a
diskless machine you must mount root (/) with mount.
This topic explains how the automounter works and provides instructions
for setting it up.
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UnixWare 7 Release 7.1.4 - 22 April 2004