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Autofs: Automatically Mounting Network File Shares in Mac OS X

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Executive Summary

Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard offers a new way of automatically mounting network file shares: autofs. Mounting network file shares is a useful technique when a directory or file share on one server needs to be accessible from other servers or client machines on the network. Autofs uses standard autofs maps already familiar to Solaris and Linux administrators, and the new automounting capabilities in Leopard offer a robust and expanded feature set for automatically mounting file shares in Mac OS X systems. The autofs file system in Mac OS X is multithreaded, keeps track of which paths are located on remote Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), Server Message Block (SMB), or Network File System (NFS) file servers - even across symlinks - and automatically mounts the appropriate server.

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