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Old 02-24-2016, 07:35 PM   #1
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Can't Automount NFS

I have two systems. My "Server" and my "Client". I have set up NFS on the Server, I can see it on the client, I can manually mount it, I can even get it to mount properly in /net.

[root@client AUTOMOUNT_NFS]# showmount -e SERVER
Export list for SERVER:  
/nfs/first CLIENT

mount output
-hosts on /net/SERVER/nfs/first type autofs (rw,relatime,fd=13,pgrp=8950,timeout=300,minproto=5,maxproto=5,offset)

SERVER:/nfs/first on /net/SERVER/nfs/first type nfs4 (rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,vers=4.0,rsize=262144,wsize=262144,namlen=255,hard,proto=tcp,port=0,timeo=600,retrans=2,sec=sys,clientaddr=,local_lock=none,addr=

df output
SERVER:/nfs/first     18G  3.9G   14G  23% /net/SERVER/nfs/first

[root@client AUTOMOUNT_NFS]# ls /net/SERVER/nfs/first/

However, when I attempt to use /etc/auto.master and create /etc/auto.server_nfs with what I believe is the proper set up and then try to cd to the proper directory there is nothing in there. It doesn't mount properly. It shows when I run mount, but nothing is actually mounted. Here is my /etc/auto.master and /etc/auto.server_nfs. Can anyone please tell me what I'm doing wrong?

[root@client AUTOMOUNT_NFS]# cat /etc/auto.master
# Sample auto.master file
# This is a 'master' automounter map and it has the following format:
# mount-point [map-type[,format]:]map [options]
# For details of the format look at auto.master(5).
/misc	/etc/auto.misc
# NOTE: mounts done from a hosts map will be mounted with the
#	"nosuid" and "nodev" options unless the "suid" and "dev"
#	options are explicitly given.
/net	-hosts

/mnt/SERVER_NFS	/etc/auto.server_nfs
# Include /etc/auto.master.d/*.autofs
# The included files must conform to the format of this file.
# Include central master map if it can be found using
# nsswitch sources.
# Note that if there are entries for /net or /misc (as
# above) in the included master map any keys that are the
# same will not be seen as the first read key seen takes
# precedence.

[root@client AUTOMOUNT_NFS]# cat /etc/auto.server_nfs 
/mnt/SERVER_NFS	SERVER:/nfs/first

[root@client SERVER_NFS]# pwd

[root@client SERVER_NFS]# ls -l
total 0
I then cycled autofs with "systemctl restart autofs"

Any help is appreciated. Everything I've looked at suggests this should work. Most people will say in /etc/auto.server_nfs there should be an options field, but from what I've read there are defaults that applied and might not be necessary.

EDIT: I just added -fstype=nfs to the /etc/auto.server_nfs and mount will show it's mounting, but the directory shows nothing

SERVER:/nfs/first on /net/SERVER/nfs/first type nfs4 (rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,vers=4.0,rsize=262144,wsize=262144,namlen=255,hard,proto=tcp,port=0,timeo=600,retrans=2,sec=sys,clientaddr=,local_lock=none,addr=

[root@client SERVER_NFS]# pwd
[root@client SERVER_NFS]# ls -l
total 0

nothing listed under df.
When I attempt to unmount it I get an error that it's in use.
[root@client /]# umount /mnt/SERVER_NFS
umount: /mnt/SERVER_NFS: target is busy.
        (In some cases useful info about processes that use
         the device is found by lsof(8) or fuser(1))

[root@client /]# fuser /mnt/SERVER_NFS
/mnt/SERVER_NFS:      9681

[root@client /]# ps -ef | grep -i 9681
root      9681     1  0 19:44 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/automount --pid-file /run/
root      9819  3686  0 19:48 pts/0    00:00:00 grep --color=auto -i 9681
EDIT: MadeInGermany had the answer. Thank you MadeInGermany!

Last edited by taea00; 02-26-2016 at 01:00 PM. Reason: Solved
Old 02-25-2016, 09:35 AM   #2
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The mount point of the map, "/mnt/SERVER_NFS", is in auto.master. This is called an indirect map.
The keys in an indirect map must be relative, not starting with a /
# cat /etc/auto.server_nfs 
first	SERVER:/nfs/first
Then the key "first" appears as a subdirectory in the map mount point
cd /mnt/SERVER_NFS/first
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