SUMMARY : AMD or Automounter ?

From: Cristian Martinez T. (
Date: Thu May 02 1996 - 15:52:06 CDT

Hello admins!.

Thanks for all the answers, but I'm uncertainty yet.
Sorry, but I forgot say that I'm working under Solaris 2.5.

My original quetion was :

What I keep, AMD or Automounter ?
Which is better ? Why ?

The answers :

From: Leif Hedstrom <>

I would say "it depends". If you run Solaris2.4 or Solaris2.5, there is
only one answer: automount. Solaris2.x has a new kernel based automount
file system (autofs). This makes automounting much easier and more
reliable. (There is a command to tell the automount to reread
configurations etc).

Solaris2.x automounter also avoid the /tmp_mnt or /a temp. mount points.

`amd' is a good alternative on SunOS4 and probably other Unixes. I've
successfully compiled amd for Linux for instance. `amd' is kind of old,
I don't know if it's still supported.

-- Leif

From: Mark Lamourine <>

If you only use Sun hardware running Solaris 2.x, use the Sun automounter.

If you have multiple platforms that need automounting (I have SunOS
4.x and 5.x, HPUX 9,x and 10.x, Linux, IRIX 4.x, 5.x) use AMD.

From: Stephen Potter <>

I think it depends on which automount you are talking about. AMD is
infinitely better than the 4.1.3 automountd. It's on par with the Solaris
2.X (2.3 or better) automount.

AMD has a lot of extra features to allow things like per-host specification
of mount point/mount source, whereas automount only allows for first
response mounting. AMD also provides some extra tools, such as amq for
debugging/admin purposes.

If you don't have a specific call for the extra AMD functionality, stick
with the Solaris automount. Unless your're running 4.1.3, in which case,
you won't be able to use the Solaris automount and will have to use AMD.


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