SUMMARY: Telling the automounter of new filesyatems

From: Arnaldo Mandel (
Date: Fri Oct 25 1996 - 08:10:06 CDT

The original question was:

> Here we have a mix of SunOS 4.1.3 and Solaris 2.5 NFS clients and
> servers. Occasionally a new disk is added to a server and exported,
> with the due updating of the corresponding NIS automount tables.
> However, it seems that a running automounter cannot be made aware of
> the news. Or can it?
> My attempts to kill and restart the automounter always end up in
> freezing the machine - is there a trick I am missing?

Many answers I got were valid for Solaris, and seemed to be unaware of
the difference with SunOS 4.x - the Solaris automounter is a much
improved implementation.

On Solaris, running automount again is enough to refresh the
tables. There seems to be no hope for old SunOS: one can kill
automount, but it does not really clean up until all automounted
filesystems are unmounted, and frequently freezes - even when a killed
with a TERM signal. On a heavily used system, with several
automounted partitions, it is easier to reboot than to order all users
off and wait for the system to become quiescent.

Thanks to: (Kris Briscoe) (Michael Sullivan) (Alberto Begliomini) (Per Akesson)
"Reggie Stuart" <>
Craig Nelson <>
Kevin Woods <>
Mr T Crummey <> (R.SrinivasaMoorthy)
Christophe DIARRA <>

Arnaldo Mandel                        
Computer Science Dept.		  
Universidade de S\~{a}o Paulo, Brazil

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