Automount (OS X)

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Revision as of 15:36, 21 March 2013 by BobVanCleef (talk | contribs) (/etc/hosts)


# nidump fstab . > /etc/fstab
  • Column One: Remote mount point
  • Column Two: Local access point -- a symbolic link to the actual local mount point
    • /private/var/automount contains the real mount point
    • /Network/Servers is recommended for the link location as the links will be visible in Network:Servers in the Finder.
  • Column Three: Protocol for file system: afp, hfs, nfs, smbfs, etc.
  • Column Four: options - the net option flags that it is not a static file system
# niload -m fstab . < /etc/fstab


#  nidump hosts /	localhost	broadcasthost

Create a /etc/hosts file with the names of the systems you want added and update the database.

niload hosts . < /etc/hosts

This will not remove existing items. It will only add / update the items listed in the /etc/hosts file.

To Activate Changes

To make the services reread the database, you need to kill -HUP the daemon.

sudo killall -HUP launchd

Links to Automount Information and Notes

Persistent NFS Automounting Under OS X 10.3