Smoot Carl-Mitchell smoot at tic.com
Mon Dec 8 22:34:33 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-12-09 at 08:18 +1000, Res wrote:
> On Mon, 8 Dec 2008, Brian McKee wrote:
> > On Sun, Dec 7, 2008 at 7:55 PM, Res <res at ausics.net> wrote:
> >> If the clients are regulary on NFS server, dont use automounters.
> >
> > Why?
> It makes no sense to, and has been seen to be affect performance, sure you 
> might get away with it on a home server where you might fire up laptop 
> once or twice a day, but on something thats constantly needing NFS, it 
> can impact.

I do not see how this can have an impact on NFS performance.  Can you
cite a reference, please? All the automounter does is make an NFS mount
call. Once the share is mounted, it remains mounted until it gets timed
out due to inactivity, then it is unmounted. You can always set the
timeout to zero in which case the share will never get unmounted which
is effectively the same as putting the share in the /etc/fstab file.

I have automounted home directories routinely without suffering any
performance degradation.  automount is also useful in large environments
where automount maps are kept in NIS or LDAP.  It makes remote
filesystem management much simpler.
Smoot Carl-Mitchell
System/Network Architect
smoot at tic.com
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