Components of the Automounter
The automounter uses the following three components.
The automount command— Installs autofs mount points and associates an automount map with each mount point.
The autofs file system— Monitors attempts to access directories within the file system and notifies the automountd daemon.
The automountd daemon— An RPC server that answers file system mount and unmount requests from autofs.
The automount command is called at system startup by the /etc/init.d/autofs script. (This script also starts the automountd daemon.) The automount command reads the auto_master map file to create the initial set of ...