Autodir HOWTO

Venkata Ramana Enaganti


Revision History
Revision 1.042007-5-25Revised by: VRE
Minor updates
Revision 1.032006-09-15Revised by: GaMA
Review requested by author.
Revision 1.022004-12-25Revised by: VRE
Minor updates
Revision 1.002004-09-23Revised by: VRE
Initial release, reviewed by Rahul Sundaram at TLDP
Revision 0.322004-09-13Revised by: VRE
New sections like requirements and others.
Revision 0.102004-06-24Revised by: VRE
second draft
Revision 0.92004-06-11Revised by: VRE
first draft

This HOWTO is about the Autodir installation, configuration and other issues related to Autodir. The Autodir system is often applied for making home directories available in an easy way.

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
1.1. Copyright and License
1.2. Disclaimer
1.3. Feedback
1.4. New Versions of this Document
1.5. Credits / Contributors
2. Before going into the details...
3. Why not pam_mkhomedir?
4. Where can Autodir be used?
5. What Autodir is not
6. Differences between Autodir and Autofs
7. How it works
8. Some definitions
9. Directory organization in the real base directory
10. Virtual directory expiration
11. Backup support
12. Backup program requirements
13. Module options
14. Autodir requirements
15. Autofs kernel module
16. Importing user and group accounts
17. Getting Autodir
18. Managing home directories
18.1. Base directories for autohome
18.2. Directory organization
18.3. Misc suboptions for autohome
18.4. Example
19. Managing group directories
20. Autodir options
21. Backup options
22. Examples
23. RPM specific
24. Further Information