I just set up a new NAS at home and created a few volumes on it, along with enabling access to those volumes (i.e. enabling the Mac File Service on the NAS), and creating an account for myself.

On the iMac, I went into Finder and provided credentials and stored them in my keychain. No problem - I can see and access the NAS volumes.

I then went into System Preferences, Users & Groups, and added those volumes to my Login Items so that they'd be mounted automatically when I log in. I did this with my previous network storage (a Windows Home Server) and it worked fine.

However, in this case, I'm seeing the volume I want mounted at login get mounted TWICE... the "Home" volume, which is unique to my account on the NAS, gets mounted twice and appears twice both on the Desktop as well as in Finder when I click on the NAS' name in the sidebar.

Why would a volume get mounted twice like that? Is there some other place I should be looking to find the duplicate mount setting?

  • Have you looked at the output of the df command from terminal app to see if perhaps the misbehabing network mounts might be caught in the act?
    – bmike
    May 29, 2012 at 16:16
  • Good call... when it next misbehaves, I'll give that a shot and see what I can learn. May 29, 2012 at 21:19

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AFP mounts are tied to both a path and an authentication.

An exported volume might have multiple paths. For example, an OS X server might export its root, the /Users/ folder, and the /Groups/ folder. Each of these can be mounted separately. In your case, your NAS may be exporting its volume under multiple paths. It might even be exporting the same path multiple times. Check the NAS' settings.

Each AFP mount is tied to a particular authentication (username/password). You can mount the same volume/path multiple times using different authentications. Its possible that the credentials you used in those two different places are subtly different. Depending on the NAS, it might even come down to whether your long username or short username are used. Your NAS might not even require a username (only a password) and might ignore whatever username is given. OS X has no way of knowing that and so two different usernames (long versus short) might produce two different mounts even though they lead to the exact same volume.

  • Thanks for the explanations. That's good info. Unfortunately, I don't think it applies in this case as my account on the NAS is the only account thus far (aside from the admin account). I did try the long-vs-short name for logins and it looks like it won't log in at all with the long name (the NAS control panel just has a username and a description -- the username logs in). On a whim, I tried it with no username and just a password - no authentication. It hasn't done it yet today, but I'll keep my eye out for it. May 29, 2012 at 21:18

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