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autofs on macOS Catalina

One of the nice things (that used to be) about macOS is how much unix is underneath, but this has been less true each year.

Like any normal human being, I do my development on a real Unix system, FreeBSD. I ended up using FreeBSD VMs that have NFS exports, and I mount those on my macOS. However, there have been issues with Catalina, here’s the main problem:

mount | grep 'map auto_nfs_antranigv'  | wc -l
18

So for some reason in Catalina you can’t do nested mounts, because auto_nfs_antranigv was mounted in /Users/antranigv/nfs, which is inside /Users (also autofs’ed) it was duplicating and ended up eating a lot of CPU 🙂

Here’s the proper way of doing it

First, in /etc/auto_master add the following:

/System/Volumes/Data/netmount		auto_nfs_user

(you might want to change user to your username)

Then, create the following file → /etc/auto_nfs_user

Finally you can set your mounts, for example:

someoneelsecomputer	-fstype=nfs	cloudserver:/usr/home/sysadmin/cloud

here’s a complete example:

antranigv@zvartnots:~ $ cat /etc/auto_master
#
# Automounter master map
#
+auto_master			# Use directory service
#/net				-hosts		-nobrowse,hidefromfinder,nosuid
/home				auto_home	-nobrowse,hidefromfinder
/System/Volumes/Data/nfs	auto_nfs_antranigv
/Network/Servers		-fstab
/-				-static
antranigv@zvartnots:~ $ cat /etc/auto_nfs_antranigv
illuria-dev	-fstype=nfs illuria-dev:/usr/home/antranigv/illuria
devbsd-src	-fstype=nfs devbsd00:/usr/src

Now I’m happy! 🙂