Automount not equivelent to mount?

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I'm struggling to get automount to work as desired. If I run the following: sudo mount -t nfs server:/path/to/share /path/to/mount_point I get the mount appearing fine. However, if I add the following line to my auto_master: /path/to/mount_point server:/path/to/share it creates the mount point directory but the contents aren't visible. When I observe the output of the mount command, they are different: Using the first (manual mount) approach the following entry is returned by mount: server:/path/to/share on /path/to/mount_point (nfs) Using automount I get the following entry returne (HowTos)