I have some RHEL systems where I need to disable autofs. What I typically do is run a script on each of these hosts that executes something like this:

# /etc/init.d/autofs stop
# /sbin/chkconfig autofs off
# reboot

But I have a situation where doing the reboot will cause a problem. I guess I could log on to each of these hosts one-by-one and execute df and seem what filesystems where mounted by autofs and execute by hand umount /whatever but that would be a pain. Does anyone know of a slick way of shutting off autofs and umounting the filesystems it mounted?

I do have access to puppet. Maybe it would be possible for me to use puppet to edit autofs's config files and then service autofs reload?


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Try umount -a -t autofs.

This will umount every autofs mount.

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    That's the ticket! Thanks. Found I had to use umount -a -t nfs. Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 20:18

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