Autofs is a program for automatically mounting File System directories on an as-needed basis.

Auto-mounts are mounted only as they are accessed, and are unmounted after a period of inactivity. Because of this, automounting NFS/Samba shares conserves bandwidth and offers better overall performance compared to static mounts via fstab.

For LDAP there are three LDAP schema used by autofs

To avoid confusion, the following terminologies will be used: automount is the program used to configure a mount point for Autofs. When autofs is started, an automount daemon is spawned for each map.

Auto-mount or auto-mounting refers to the process of automatically mounting filesystems. autofs is the program that controls the operation of the automount daemons.

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  • [#1] - Autofs - based on information obtained 2020-02-19