Solved

is autofs a filesystem

Posted on 2004-10-05
6
641 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-15
one of my collegue says that autofs and nfs are both network based filesystems.
nfs i have worked upon but not used autofs anytime.

as far as my understanding goes, autofs is a tool/package/daemon which allows us to specify various filesystems. and these filesystems are mounted and unmounted automatically when they are used/left aside..

so is it a filesystem per se?
0
Comment
Question by:kiranghag
  • 4
6 Comments
 
LVL 10

Accepted Solution

by:
Luxana earned 62 total points
ID: 12233316
autofs is a kernel-based automounter for Linux. It performs a job similar to amd but relies on a small stub of kernel code instead of pretending to be an NFS server. The result is simpler code, better reliability, and much faster operation in the common case (everything already mounted).
0
 
LVL 10

Expert Comment

by:Luxana
ID: 12233319
0
 
LVL 10

Expert Comment

by:Luxana
ID: 12233342
autofs is daemon
0
Master Your Team's Linux and Cloud Stack

Come see why top tech companies like Mailchimp and Media Temple use Linux Academy to build their employee training programs.

 
LVL 3

Assisted Solution

by:nalanbar
nalanbar earned 63 total points
ID: 12240743
Bottom line, like they said, AutoFS is not a filesystem. From Wikipedia: "Formally, a file system is a set of abstract data types that are implemented for the storage, hierarchical organization, manipulation, navigation, access, and retrieval of data." Autofs is a deamon that mounts file systems. Using fdisk, you can see a list of file systems, I believe the command is "n" from the menu. You will find EXT2 and 3, NTFS, NFS, ReiserFS, and a bunch of others. AutoFS will be absent.
0
 
LVL 10

Author Comment

by:kiranghag
ID: 12244910
my belief is confirmed :-)

>>Using fdisk, you can see a list of file systems,
this is a perfect argument i guess to support the answer...

thanks to both of u..
0
 
LVL 10

Expert Comment

by:Luxana
ID: 12245234
Hi kiranghag,

I think better argument is :

If autofs is filesystem why it is in folder where daemons are?

http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/daemons/autofs/

:-)
0

Featured Post

Three Reasons Why Backup is Strategic

Backup is strategic to your business because your data is strategic to your business. Without backup, your business will fail. This white paper explains why it is vital for you to design and immediately execute a backup strategy to protect 100 percent of your data.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
wipe a usb using python 5 44
What is Ransomware? 16 66
winscp where are logs stored 3 33
How to mount nfs share on this CentOS server? 6 22
Today companies are subjected to more-and-more data, and it won't stop any time soon.  But there are obvious opportunities for reducing data, particularly data duplicated among companies.
If your app took Google’s lash recently, here are the 5 most likely reasons.
XMind Plus helps organize all details/aspects of any project from large to small in an orderly and concise manner. If you are working on a complex project, use this micro tutorial to show you how to make a basic flow chart. The software is free when…
This demo shows you how to set up the containerized NetScaler CPX with NetScaler Management and Analytics System in a non-routable Mesos/Marathon environment for use with Micro-Services applications.

813 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

11 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now