Is amd automount still supported in 13.0 or not?

Daniel Braniss danny at
Tue Mar 10 09:17:56 UTC 2020

> On 9 Mar 2020, at 19:26, Bob Willcox <bob at> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 09, 2020 at 08:35:58AM -0700, Cy Schubert wrote:
>> On March 9, 2020 7:49:34 AM PDT, Ed Maste <emaste at> wrote:
>>> On Sun, 8 Mar 2020 at 13:23, Bob Willcox <bob at> wrote:
>>>> Thanks for the tip! That worked for me. I guess from reading the
>>> documentation
>>>> I didn't pick up on staying with the symlinks and simply changing
>>> host to net.
>>> Glad it's working for you! Is there anything else that you found
>>> tricky or surprising in migrating? Perhaps we could produce a
>>> quick-reference transition guide.
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>> /net and indirect maps should be simple conversations. Direct maps may or may not be easy. Autofs doesn't support nested direct maps like amd does. You may need to mount elsewhere or use /net with symlinks.
>> We do have a port as well. The port will be retired after a reasonable amount of time to allow people to convert. Amd upstream has told me he no longer supports amd. His advice is to use autofs.
> Yes, and I considered installing the amd port but that just seemed like I'd be postponing
> the inevitable. Since I had a simple use case of just using symlinks to about four of my
> remote filesystems, switching from using the /host symlink to the /net symlink was pretty
> easy.
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short version: <> is a python script that converts old hesiod based am-utils maps to autofs
and has been in used for several years now.

long version:
we have been using amd (later am-utils) since sunos days, when we moved to BSD, there was no NIS support,
so we switched to hesiod (clever move then since we were all the time getting  ’NIS server not responding’)

with am-utils we had some issues, so when autofs finally made it to Linux, and then to FreeBSD, it has been
very solid indeed! 
BTW, autofs is heavily used here, for home directories, binaries etc.

my 2cents.


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