> I am using SunOS 4.1.3 and the sys admin manual says the following:
> "In all cases, the automounter should not be used to mount
> Can anyone tell me why not? I want to be able to store things like
> the man page, which is under /usr/share/man, so all Sun machines
> can use it.
Thanks to all those below who replied:
Stephen Potter firstname.lastname@example.org:
>I can't think of a good reason why not, except maybe worrying about confused
>mounts for /usr/share/terminfo. Personally, what I've done is made a link from
>/usr/share/man (and some others, including /usr/openwin) to /depot/man
>(/depot/openwin, etc) and mounted it through my depot automap. Works fine for
Nico Garcia email@example.com:
>Mount /usr/man, not /usr/share. It may be that the presence
>of libraries under /usr/share is the problem: I don't know what
>they would do if the mounted libraries used by the automounter itself
>were suddenly over-written.
>Mounting /usr/man is how *we* do it, and mounting /usr/openwin.
Hans-Joerg Leodolter firstname.lastname@example.org:
>There is no problem to do this .We use this also without troubles.
>For example an entry in auto_direct-file:
>This way it works fine and the man-pages from machine suns2 are automounted
>to the local-machine.
Kevin Sheehan Kevin.Sheehan@uniq.com.au:
>I suspect because so much of the core files live there, but dunno.
>*do* know that the proper place to play automounter games for man pages
Birger A. Wathne Birger.Wathne@vest.sdata.no:
>I think automount relies on stuff in /usr/share/lib, so /usr/share should
>be mounted before running automount. But I guess you could have a minimal
>/usr/share on each host, and just mount another one over it with automount?
Barry Margolin email@example.com:
>At my former site we automounted /usr/share successfully.
>However, we occasionally had some problems with it. We think the
>automounter needs access to /usr/share/lib/zoneinfo. If /usr/share becomes
>unmounted, and then it tries to access /usr/share/lib/zoneinfo, it will try
>to automount it, which will hang because the automounter is busy waiting
>for the mount.
Mona Wong, UCSD
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