[Samba] Automounter issues on Samba Server

Ciarochi, Anthony anthony.ciarochi at intel.com
Tue Apr 20 20:58:05 GMT 2004

I am having a problem with automounter failures on my Solaris Samba


There is an automount path on the server that looks something like this:
/dir1/dir2/dir3/dir4  Each dirN is an automount point with its own map.
Dir4 contains some data, and some links to other automount points in


Frequently (more than once per day, on a bad day), the automounter gets
confused, or something, and will no longer mount *some* mount points in
/net.  More factoids follow: 


-         This only happens on the Samba server.

-         The failed mount points are not always the same, but are
always symlinked from .../dir4.

-         During these failures, the automounter is still working for
other directories in /net, .../dir4, and elsewhere

-         The mount points in /net that are hung are still visible, but
are not mounted, which is even more odd since -nobrowse is set  for /net
- they should not be visible at all if they are not mounted.  

-         Stopping and restarted the automounter, using
/etc/init.d/autofs *usually* resolves the problem temporarily.  After
about 5 or 6 times, however, this no longer works, and the entire system
needs to be rebooted.

-         The system is an Ultra II, running Solaris 2.6 and Samba


Has anybody else experienced anything like this?  Any ideas why it
happens, or how to solve it?


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