Mount Various File Systems with Autofs on Mac OS X Mountain Lion
I recently go a new Mac and I wanted to setup autofs on it, just like I did on my previous Linux Laptops. I am running Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8):
[email protected]:~$sw_vers ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.8.4 BuildVersion: 12E55
There is a pretty good overview of AutoFS on Mac OS here:
Autofs in Leopard consists of the following programs and daemons.
autofsd autofsd runs automount, and then waits for network configuration change events and, when such an event occurs, re-runs automount to update the mounts to reflect the current automounter maps. It can also be signalled by automount_reread to run automount.
automountd automountd is a daemon that responds to requests from autofs to mount and unmount network filesystems, and to supply the contents of directories, based on the contents of automounter maps. The automountd is started on demand by launchd.
automount automount is the actual mount manager. Manages the mounting and unmounting of remote resources using several map files and configuration files. The configuration files used are /etc/autofs.conf and /etc/auto_master.
automount_reread The man pages for autofsd refer to a command called automount_reread that can trigger a network change event for autofs. However, there is no additional documentation in Leopard on that command and the command itself does not exist.
We can see that by default only autofsd is running:
[email protected]:~$ps -ef | grep auto | grep -v grep 0 59 1 0 2:44PM ?? 0:00.08 autofsd
We can also check out if the daemons are started via launchd:
[email protected]:~$sudo launchctl list | grep -E 'automo|autof' - 0 com.apple.automountd 59 - com.apple.autofsd
Lastly we can see what state the daemons are in:
[email protected]:~$sudo launchctl bslist | grep -E 'automo|autof' D com.apple.automountd
The D stands for on-demand.
With Mac OS there are a couple of options for autofs. From the Mac OS man page:
Direct Map A direct map associates filesystem locations directly with directories. The entry key is the full path name of a directory. For example:
/usr/local eng4:/export/local /src eng4:/export/src
Since the direct map as a whole isn’t associated with a single directory, it is specified in the master map with a dummy directory name of /-.
Indirect Map An indirect map is used where a large number of entries are to be associated with a single directory. Each map entry key is the simple name of a directory entry. A good example of this is the auto_home map which determines the entries under the /home directory. For example:
bill argon:/export/home/bill brent depot:/export/home/brent guy depot:/export/home/guy
I prefer to have everything that is managed by autofs in one directory, so I will go with the Indirect Map approach.
Creating an Indirect Map for AutoFS
I will use /amnt as the mount point which autofs will manage. To set this up, edit the /etc/auto_master file and add the following to it:
The above basically says that anything under the /amnt directory will be configured under the /etc/autofs_amnt file. Next let’s add a CIFS share to be automatically mounted /amnt/smb.
Auto Mount SMB with Autofs
Let’s create the /etc/autofs_amnt file with appropriate permissions:
Now let’s edit the file and add the following to it:
smb -fstype=smbfs ://elatov:[email protected]/elatov
Now to apply the settings run the following:
[email protected]:~$sudo automount -vc automount: /net updated automount: /home updated automount: /amnt updated automount: no unmounts
notice /amnt is now included. If everything worked you can cd into the directory and it will automatically mount:
You can use the mount command to find out the options of the mount point:
You will also notice automountd now running as well:
[email protected]:/amnt/smb$ps -ef | grep auto | grep -v grep 0 59 1 0 2:44PM ?? 0:00.09 autofsd 0 930 1 0 2:15PM ?? 0:00.01 automountd
If you ever want to manually un-mount the share, run the following:
[email protected]:~$umount /amnt/smb
Auto Mount NFS with Autofs
Edit the /etc/autofs_amnt file and add the following:
iso -fstype=nfs,rw,bg,hard,intr,tcp,resvport nfs.server.com:/data/isos
Apply the settings with:
sudo automount -vc
and check to make sure it is auto mounted:
and of course mount can show you the options:
[email protected]:~$mount | grep iso nfs.server.com:/data/iso on /amnt/iso (nfs, nodev, nosuid, automounted, nobrowse)
Mount SSHFS with Autofs
The first thing that we need to do is install Mac Ports.
Install Mac Ports
Go to Installing MacPorts and download the pkg installer. Launch installer and you will see the following:
Follow the on-screen instructions install Mac Ports.
X-Code is necessary for Mac Ports, so go ahead and install it from XCode. It will actually start up the App Store to do the download. After it’s done your App Store will look like this:
Install X-Code Command Line tools:
Go to your Applications (Command-Shift-a) and launch X-Code (accept the license agreement). Then go to the preferences:
Then go to the “Downloads” tab and install command line tools. After they are installed you will see the following under preferences:
Go to your “Utilities” (Command-Shift-u) and launch the terminal. From the terminal run the following:
[email protected]:~$sudo port -v selfupdate Password: ---> Updating MacPorts base sources using rsync receiving file list ... done sent 36 bytes received 69 bytes 70.00 bytes/sec total size is 3594240 speedup is 34230.86 receiving file list ... done sent 36 bytes received 76 bytes 224.00 bytes/sec total size is 512 speedup is 4.57 MacPorts base version 2.1.3 installed, MacPorts base version 2.1.3 downloaded. ---> Updating the ports tree Synchronizing local ports tree from rsync://rsync.macports.org/release/tarballs/ports.tar receiving file list ... done sent 36 bytes received 70 bytes 70.67 bytes/sec total size is 53278720 speedup is 502629.43 receiving file list ... done sent 36 bytes received 77 bytes 226.00 bytes/sec total size is 512 speedup is 4.53 receiving file list ... done sent 36 bytes received 70 bytes 212.00 bytes/sec total size is 9759879 speedup is 92074.33 receiving file list ... done sent 36 bytes received 77 bytes 75.33 bytes/sec total size is 512 speedup is 4.53 ---> MacPorts base is already the latest version The ports tree has been updated. To upgrade your installed ports, you should run port upgrade outdated
Now your ports are all up-to-date. You will also notice that that the Mac Ports install added the following into your .profile file:
[email protected]:~$cat ~/.profile # MacPorts Installer addition on 2013-07-02_at_10:53:46: adding an appropriate PATH variable for use with MacPorts. export PATH=/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:$PATH # Finished adapting your PATH environment variable for use with MacPorts.
Since Mac Ports installs everything under /opt/local it needs to add /opt/local/bin/ and /opt/local/sbin/ to the path.
Mac Ports are like any package manager, it allows you to search for packages and install them. For example here is what I did to search for sshfs:
[email protected]:~$port search sshfs sshfs @2.4 (fuse) SSH filesystem for FUSE sshfs-gui @1.3 (fuse) OS X GUI for sshfs Found 2 ports.
I don’t care about the GUI version. You can also check if the package has “variants”:
[email protected]:~$port variants sshfs sshfs has the variants: universal: Build for multiple architectures
There aren’t that many options. A good example is something like this:
[email protected]:~$port variants mysql56 mysql56 has the variants: debug: Enable debug binaries openssl: Enable OpenSSL support universal: Build for multiple architectures
So if I wanted to enable debug binaries for the mysql56 package I would run the following:
sudo port install mysql56 +debug
Anyways, to install sshfs, run the following:
sudo port install sshfs
Prepare SSHFS for Autofs
First make sure you can mount with the sshfs command:
Now for the actual mount:
You can un-mount the sshfs mount point like this:
[email protected]:~$umount /mnt/ssh
The way that autofs works is the type of the file system is always prepended with the mount_ prefix and that is run to actually mount that file system. So if you specify smbfs, there must be a mount_smbfs command. Here are the available mount commands on the system:
[email protected]:~$compgen -c | grep ^mount mount mount_acfs mount_afp mount_cd9660 mount_cddafs mount_devfs mount_exfat mount_fdesc mount_ftp mount_hfs mount_msdos mount_nfs mount_ntfs mount_smbfs mount_udf mount_webdav
So we need to create a mount_sshfs command. We can just create a symlink to the sshfs command like so:
[email protected]:~$sudo ln -s /opt/local/bin/sshfs /sbin/mount_sshfs
Now let’s edit the /etc/autofs_amnt file and add the following:
ssh -fstype=sshfs,defer_permissions,allow_other,auto_cache [email protected]:/mnt/data
As always, refresh automount by running the following:
sudo automount -vc
Now check to make sure autofs works:
That looks good, you can check the command that was executed by autofs to mount the sshfs mountpoint:
If it fails for some reason, grab that command and try to mount it manually to track down any issues. If you have any mount points that are stuck, try to restart both the autofsd and automountd daemons:
autofsd is automatically restart by launchd, so you can just stop it, and it will restart it. Automountd is started by autofsd so you can just stop that as well, and as soon as you try to auto mount something, it will automatically start up. If you want to get a feeling of all the file systems that are mounted you can run the following:
[email protected]:~$lsvfs Filesystem Refs Flags -------------------------------- ----- --------------- nfs 1 hfs 1 local, dovolfs devfs 0 autofs 3 smbfs 1 fuse4x 1
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