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How to configure the autofs daemon on CentOS 7/Rhel 7

Manually mounting and unmounting devices such as external USB drives or remote NFS or Samba shares can be tedious tasks to perform when administering a machine. The autofs daemon can help us automatically mounting a filesystem when needed and umounting it after a specified period of time. In this tutorial we will see the basic concept related to the automounter, and how to configure it.