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Define the per-project category and difficulty at the template level,
instead of manually tagging the project pages.  While doing this, prefix
the tags with "category:" and "difficulty:" to make them easier to
understand.

[[!template id=project

title="Improved Automounter Support"

contact="""
[tech-net](mailto:tech-net@NetBSD.org)
"""

mentors="""
[Matthias Scheler](mailto:tron@NetBSD.org)
"""

category="kernel"
difficulty="hard"
duration="3 months"

description="""
NetBSD currently uses [The Berkeley Automounter Suite of Utilities](http://www.netbsd.org/contrib/soc-projects.html) for automatically mounting (network) file systems. This software package implements an automounter file system as a userland NFS daemon. While this generally works it has major drawbacks:

* File systems are not mounted directly on the desired mount point. As a result applications frequently use incorrect pathnames (e.g. `/amd/server/home/user` instead of `/home/user`) for automatically mounted directories or files beneath them. This is especially problematic in heterogeneous enviroments where not all machines use the same automounter.
* The automounter daemon cannot handle high I/O load very well, file access occasionally fails with intermittent errors.

The goal of this project is to implement a new automounter solution which addresses the above issues. This could either be done via a Solaris/Linux compatible autofs(4) full in-kernel file system or via a userland daemon using [puffs](http://www.netbsd.org/contrib/soc-projects.html). 
"""
]]

[[!tag gsoc]]

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