It appears that the problem was NIS/automount related.
I had a +auto.master entry at the top of my auto_master file
and the NIS auto.master file had an entry for auto_home and since
this is the home directory server, this was obviously wrong. So I took
out the +auto.master entry and restarted autofs and everything works fine now.
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