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Aside from naming hosts badly and causing root directtory conflicts, is there any reason that the /etc/auto.master file can't contain

/    -hosts

to automount host directories at the root level?

So if I have defined hosts prod01, prod02,... then doing

ls /prod02/jobs

will automount the /jobs directory of prod02 at the root level.

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The automounter has complete control of directories you configure it to use, so you would lose all local directories if you did that.

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+1 to geekosaur, that would be problem. However I do think that's how old nfs-based diskless clients used to work, right? – Phil Hollenback Mar 5 '11 at 2:46
Correct, but they also had to mount / specially in the kernel. – geekosaur Mar 5 '11 at 3:48

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