Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 199441
autofs reload and condrestart fail if map is originally empty
Last modified: 2013-08-05 22:54:14 EDT
Description of problem:
autofs doesn't start up when running "service autofs start" if the maps are empty. I understand that
this is probably by design, but it leads to another bug.
If you have autofs on in chkconfig, then change the map and call "service autofs reload", it should load
the new map. However, because the service doesn't start when the map is empty, the reload (as well as
the condrestart) both fail to make autofs turn on.
When autofs is turned on in chkconfig, scripts and programs should have the expectation that autofs is
running when the machine is on, and should be able to call condrestart and reload without worrying
about it failing.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Autofs is off; user is root
2. Supply an empty /etc/auto.master file (the default file installed by the rpm is fine)
3. Run "/sbin/service autofs start"
4. Replace the auto.master file with one that has at least one mount
5. Call "/sbin/service autofs reload" or "/sbin/service autofs condrestart"
autofs fails to reload / restart.
autofs SHOULD reload / restart
Created attachment 132695 [details]
Patch for /etc/init.d/autofs
This one-line patch fixes this bug. This init.d file is written, however, for
both Debian and RedHat. My patch only addresses the issue on RedHat. I don't
even know if the bug exists on Debian.
This is simple enough. Thanks!
Proposed for 4.5.
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release. Product Management has requested
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inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed
products. This request is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update
A fix for this problem was committed to autofs-4.1.3-195. Alex, if I provide
updated packages, would you be willing to confirm that they fix your problem?
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
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if the solution does not work for you.