Autofs-based Automounter


Project Status: Complete

FreeBSD Developer: Edward Tomasz Napierała

Limitations of the amd(8) automounter are a recurring problem reported by many FreeBSD users. The new automounter project intends to address these concerns.

The automounter is a cleanroom implementation of functionality available in most other Unix systems, using kernel support implemented via an autofs file system. The automounter supports a standard Sun map format and integrates with the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) service.

The FreeBSD Foundation worked with enterprise and university users to test the new automounter in existing LDAP-based environments, including some with thousands of map entries.

This project was completed in September 2014, and was released in FreeBSD 10.1 and 11.0.