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I am using CentOS7. I have tried to test "autofs". I have created 2 centos servers as cent_ldap and cent_client. I have configured cent_client to use ldap authentication successfully. In cent_ldap I have created nfs export as

/home *(rw)

Using cent_client I have created

mkdir /mnt/fordirect -p

mkdir /mnt/forindirect -p

In the file /etc/auto.master.d/direct.autofs -> /- /etc/auto.direct

In the file auto.direct -> /mnt/fordirect -rw,sync cent_ldap:/home

In the file /etc/auto.master.d/indirect.autofs -> /mnt /etc/auto.indirect

In the file auto.indirect -> forindirect -rw,sync cent_ldap:/home

systemctl restart autofs autofs is started without any error

But when I test those mounts from root user

ls /mnt/fordirect --> user1 user2 user3

ls /mnt/forindirect --> #it didnt give any output

Can someone tell me why is there indirect mount didnt give any output?

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If I recall correctly (I find autofs powerfull but confusing) it should work like this:

In the file /etc/auto.master.d/indirect.autofs:

/mnt/forindirect /etc/auto.indirect

And in /etc/auto.indirect:

* -rw,sync cent_ldap:/home/&

Then test with:

ls -l /mnt/forindirect/user1 /mnt/forindirect/user2 /mnt/forindirect/user3
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  • I followed your instructions, after all when I have run the command <br> ls -l /mnt/forindirect/user1</br> then it gives me <br>ls: cannot open directory /mnt/forindirect/user1: Permission denied</br> but after i ran the command <br>ls -l /mnt/forindirect</br> it shows me full directory info Oct 2, 2018 at 16:10
  • And it does not work?
    – Hkoof
    Oct 2, 2018 at 16:14
  • after all when I have run the command <br> ls -l /mnt/forindirect/user1</br> then it gives me <br>ls: cannot open directory /mnt/forindirect/user1: Permission denied</br> but after i ran the command <br>ls -l /mnt/forindirect</br> it shows me full directory info Oct 2, 2018 at 16:18
  • So, running ls -l caused autofs to mount correctly, but the uid that was running ls -l has no permission on the mounted directory on the server.
    – Hkoof
    Oct 2, 2018 at 16:23
  • when I creating/editing those auto.* files do I want to use tab key or space key. I previously use tab key.but i didnt got any output like this. but in your way I got the answer, thanks man Oct 2, 2018 at 16:24

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