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Solaris™ 8 Advanced System Administrator's Guide, Third Edition by Janice Winsor

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Chapter 7. Understanding the Automounter

The automounter works with the NFS (network file system) to automatically mount and unmount directories from other systems on the network as they are needed. The automounter supplements the virtual file system table (/etc/vfstab) and manual mount and unmount activities with an automatic, on-demand facility. When the user types a command that accesses a remote file or directory, the automounter consults a series of maps—described in detail later in this chapter—to determine which directories to mount, which system to mount them from, which mount parameters to use, and where to mount them on the user's local system. The directory remains mounted as long as it is in use. When the user exits from the file ...

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