Autofs recognizes some characters as having a special meaning. Some
characters are used for substitutions, and some characters are used to protect
other characters from the autofs map parser.
If you have a map with many subdirectories specified, as in the following,
consider using string substitutions.
You can use the ampersand character (&) to substitute
the key wherever the key appears. If you use the ampersand, the previous map
changes to the following:
You could also use key substitutions in a direct map, in situations
such as the following:
You can also simplify the entry further as follows:
Notice that the ampersand substitution uses the whole key string. Therefore,
if the key in a direct map starts with a / (as it should),
the slash is carried over, and you could not do, for example, the following:
The reason is that autofs would interpret the example as the following:
You can use the universal substitute character, the asterisk (*), to match any key. You could mount the /export
file system from all hosts through this map entry.
Each ampersand is substituted by the value of any given key. Autofs
interprets the asterisk as an end-of-file character.