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Old 01-25-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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Location: Beaverton, Oregon, USA
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autofs5 using browse option


I am using both ubuntu 10.04lts and 12.04lts server editions. I have turned up autofs to access home directories via nfs. All by its lonesome, it works.

my auto.master entries read:
/homes      /etc/
and my /etc/ reads:
Now, I can see my home directory and any other people. but it is as if the BROWSE_MODE option there is totally ignored.

I wish to enable the browse option: I want people to run "ls /homes" and see all of the possible directories whether or not they are actually mounted.

I have turned this on and off, as well as played with the --ghost options. BTW, it's not clear what the difference between the two are...

I am aware of the problems of "mount storms", and will take appropriate precautions.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thank you for your time...

Old 01-29-2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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I am not a big Ubuntu user but have you looked in the man pages as it looks like a quick Google search shows something like this:

/home /etc/auto.home
Look here as well:

I use primarily CentOS/Red Hat and this is what mine looks like but I know there is a difference:

/net -hosts
/global /etc/ --browse
Old 01-31-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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Thank you for your post. Now that it has been a few days, I will soon try a more scientific approach. Part of me thinks I already looked there, but I think it's definitely worth a second look!



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