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I have a number of NFS automounts in my Local directory node on 10.7. I am using a laptop and when I work at home I don't have access to the servers. As a result I often get beachballing Navigation Services dialogs for example, and logs are flooded with NFS error messages on this and that server not being reachable.

Is there some simple app (preferably a GUI one but scripting will do as well) which will disable the mounts when I am on WiFi or just not at work?

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Try ControlPlane. It can perform all sorts of different actions, including mounting/unmounting network drives based on various triggers, including which WiFi network you're connected to.

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It turns out this is not easily done. To disable automounts you need to actually remove them from the directory services. What I think I will try is just mounting the requisite volumes manually with the mount command when I am at work and unmounting them once I am home. This way no apps will get hung up on files that cannot be opened.

However it's a pity that automountd is so badly designed that it does not allow disabling or enabling mounts and does not have a hard limit on retires on a mount when the network configuration is stable.

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