On my MacOS 10.13.2 machine I am being inundated with network share login prompts literally every minute and they will not relent. If I ignore them and push them aside, they jump right back in my face. Pop-up ads aren't this insidious. Aside from the requirement to click "OK" to authenticate things already on your keyring, this is one my my least favorite changes in Sierra. I am not sure how I told AutoMounter that I want this network share that is on a NAS that no longer exists, but now I cannot find how to un-tell it because AutoMounter is attacking every 60 seconds. Console shows the proof:

Share 'homes' started to mount with URL: afp://mlitwin@diaspora(AFP)._afpovertcp._tcp.local/homes

This is quite possibly the worst implementation of auto_mount that I have ever seen, but that doesn't really surprise me anymore. So I think, fine... just remove it from fstab right? Wrong. It's been deprecated. I did a little reading and apparently we're supposed to use vifs now? Ok, fine. Problem is I tried that and just got an "editing error". I don't see anything explicit in /etc/auto_master either. Sigh.

Can someone please tell me what the heck is telling AutoMounter to torture me?

  • fstab can still be used to stop the auto mounting of local file systems. I do not know about remote file systems. Dec 30, 2017 at 9:43
  • Check your *login items" to see if you have mounts set to automatically attach. Also, post the contents of /etc/fstab and /etc/auto_master.
    – Allan
    Dec 30, 2017 at 11:32

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If Google lead you here because sudo vifs returns

vifs: editing error

this solved it for me: The source for vifs shows the error in the section /* obtain and invoke the editor */. I have my $EDITOR set to use TextMate. Apparently, that doesn't work.


EDITOR=nano sudo vifs

Sorry, I am a giant doofus. I thought AutoMounter was part of MacOS when in fact it was a utility I had installed a while back and didn't configure well. I was confusing it for auto_mount. I guess it's not that far-fetched. Still, kind of embarrassing.

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