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.\" $Id$
.TH AUTOFS 8 "9 Sep 1997"
.SH NAME
/etc/init.d/autofs \- Control Script for automounter
.SH SYNOPSIS
.B /etc/init.d/autofs
.I start|stop|reload
.SH "DESCRIPTION"
.B autofs
control the operation of the
.BR automount (8)
daemons running on the Linux system. Usually
.B autofs
is invoked at system boot time with the
.I start
parameter and at shutdown time with the
.I stop
parameter. The
.B autofs
script can also manually be invoked by the system administrator to shut
down, restart or reload the automounters.
.P
.SH "OPERATION"
.B autofs
will consult a configuration file
.I /etc/auto.master
(see
.BR auto.master (5))
to find mount points on the system. For each of those mount points a
.BR automount (8)
process is started with the appropriate parameters. You can check the
active mount points for the automounter with the
.B /etc/init.d/autofs status
command. After the
.I auto.master
configuration file is processed the
.B autofs
script will check for an NIS map with the same name. If such a map exists
then that map will be processed in the same way as the auto.master map. The
NIS map will be processed last.
.P
.B /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.
.P
If a map is modified then the change will become effective immediately. If
the
.I auto.master
map is modified then the
.B autofs
script must be rerun to activate the changes.
.P
.B /etc/init.d/autofs status
will display the current configuration and a list of currently running
automount daemons.
.SH "SEE ALSO"
.BR automount (8),
.BR autofs (5),
.BR auto.master (5).
.SH AUTHOR
This manual page was written by Christoph Lameter <chris@waterf.org>,
for the Debian GNU/Linux system.  Edited by H. Peter Anvin
<hpa@transmeta.com>.