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Confusion with using /etc/auto.home

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hello. Im reading a book on using auto.master and auto.home to set up user directories. It makes sense - but this book says that it will not work if there is already a home directory on the server (the one where the user is logged in - not the one where the home directory actually is).
But I cannot see how to delete the home directory- do I need to do this for auto fs to work ?
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by:savone
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I am not sure I understand your question... Why would you want to delete a home directory?

autofs is usually used to mount a second filesystem, instead of usiong /etc/fstab.

For example a CDROM, A USB drive, share on another server, or even a second hard drive.

You might want to change the users home directory for deleting it:

usermod -d /new/home/dir

then you should be able to safely delete the old one.
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by:astincrawford
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thanks for the reply. this is just to configure a users home directory, which is currently located on a windows server.
I've set up the /etc/auto.master to point to /etc/auto.home and set up the auto.home file - but it doesn't seem to mount - no errors are given, but I'd expect to see some files in the (remote) home directory and there's nothing there.
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by:astincrawford
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is there a place where I can see messages telling me if the client linux box cannot attach to the server with the home directory - /var/log/messages does not show anything ?
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Can you post the contents of your auto.master and auto.home files?

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/etc/auto.master should have something like this:

/home /etc/auto.home


and /etc/auto.home should have something like this:
home -fstype=cifs,credentials=/etc/samba/user1,uid=99,gid=99,rw ://servername/sharename

then make a file called /etc/samba/user1 (replace user1 with whatever you want just make sure its the same as the link in /etc/auto.home). Inside that file should be the following:
username=windows_username
password=windows_password

The make sure nobody but root can see that file:
chmod 600 /etc/samba/user1
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by:astincrawford
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thanks. thats ideal.
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