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2.2. autofs

The autofs utility controls the operation of the automount daemon. The automount daemon automatically mounts file systems when you use them, and unmounts them when they are not busy.
  • Starting with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4, behavior of the umount -l autofs command has changed. For more information, refer to BZ#452122.
    Previously, the umount -l would unmount all autofs-managed mounts and autofs internal mounts at start-up, and then mounted all autofs mounts again as a part of the start-up procedure. As a result, the execution of the external umount -l command was not needed.
    The previous autofs behavior can be used via the following commands:
    ~]# service autofs forcerestart
    ~]# service autofs forcestart