systemd.automount — Automount unit configuration
A unit configuration file whose name ends in
.automount" encodes information about a file
system automount point controlled and supervised by
This man page lists the configuration options specific to this unit type. See systemd.unit(5) for the common options of all unit configuration files. The common configuration items are configured in the generic [Unit] and [Install] sections. The automount specific configuration options are configured in the [Automount] section.
Automount units must be named after the automount directories they control. Example: the automount point
/home/lennart must be configured in a unit file
home-lennart.automount. For details about the escaping logic used to convert a file system
path to a unit name see
systemd.unit(5). Note that
automount units cannot be templated, nor is it possible to add multiple names to an automount unit by creating
additional symlinks to its unit file.
For each automount unit file a matching mount unit file (see
for details) must exist which is activated when the automount path
is accessed. Example: if an automount unit
home-lennart.automount is active and the user
/home/lennart the mount unit
home-lennart.mount will be activated.
Automount units may be used to implement on-demand mounting as well as parallelized mounting of file systems.
Note that automount units are separate from the mount itself, so you
should not set
for mount dependencies here. For example, you should not set
After=network-online.target or similar on network
filesystems. Doing so may result in an ordering cycle.
Note that automount support on Linux is privileged, automount units are hence only available in the system service manager (and root's user service manager), but not in unprivileged user's service manager.
The following dependencies are implicitly added:
If an automount unit is beneath another mount unit in the file system hierarchy, both a requirement and an ordering dependency between both units are created automatically.
Before= dependency is created
between an automount unit and the mount unit it activates.
The following dependencies are added unless
DefaultDependencies=no is set:
Automount units acquire automatic
umount.target in order to be stopped during
Automount units automatically gain an
local-fs-pre.target, and a
Before= dependency on
Automount units may either be configured via unit files, or
For details how systemd parses
If an automount point is configured in both
/etc/fstab and a unit file, the configuration
in the latter takes precedence.
Automount files must include an [Automount] section, which carries information about the file system automount points it supervises. The options specific to the [Automount] section of automount units are the following:
Takes an absolute path of a directory of the automount point. If the automount point does not exist at time that the automount point is installed, it is created. This string must be reflected in the unit filename. (See above.) This option is mandatory.
Directories of automount points (and any parent directories) are automatically created if needed. This option specifies the file system access mode used when creating these directories. Takes an access mode in octal notation. Defaults to 0755.
Configures an idle timeout. Once the mount has been idle for the specified time, systemd will attempt to unmount. Takes a unit-less value in seconds, or a time span value such as "5min 20s". Pass 0 to disable the timeout logic. The timeout is disabled by default.