mount command, allows mounting of a file system at a specified point in the file hierarchy.

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Why does mount require root privileges?

Why does Linux require that a user be root/using sudo/specifically authorized per mount in order to mount something? It seems like the decision as to whether to allow a user to mount something should ...
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Are there any drawbacks from using mount --bind as a substitute for symbolic links?

Symlinks have limitations in how functions like ls, mv, and cp can operate on them because unlike shell initiated commands like cd, these functions do not have information about how the user accessed ...
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Serve files over USB

I would like to be able to serve a section of my box's file system over USB to another computer. For example, if the files are on box A and I am reading from box B, then B would mount A, see those ...
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Mount an iso without root access?

Is it possible for a user without root access to mount an arbitrary iso? If so how?
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Allow non-superusers to mount any filesystem

Is it possible to allow some particular users (e.g. members of a group) to mount any filesystem without superuser privileges on Linux? (Another question might have been "in what ways a user can harm ...
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Best way to mount remote folder

I have two RasberryPi running debian wheezy and I would like to mount a folder from computer A on computer B. What is the best (as in most efficient) way to do this? I can do it via SMB, but that is ...
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What mount option to use for ext3 file system to minimise data loss or corruption?

I have an embedded setup using an initramfs for the root file system but using a custom ext3 partition mounted on a compact flash IDE drive. Because data integrity in the face of power loss is the ...
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Does mount always require root privileges?

I was under the impression that any sort of call to mount requires root privileges. But recently I was told "You should instead create appropriate entries in /etc/fstab so that the filesystems can be ...
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Automatizing the sequence of mounting commands

When I connect a device (tablet, camera, flash drive, external harddrive) to my laptop with Linux I often type the following sequence of commands. $ ls /dev/sd* Let's say that my device is /dev/sdc ...
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Mounting an ext3 fs with user privledges

I'm trying to mount an ext3 file system from another linux installation so that the user, not root, will have full access to all the files. (I really do need user to have access to those files, ...
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How to automatically mount an USB device on plugin-time on an already running system?

I know how to use /etc/fstab to automatically mount devices on boot or when doing sudo mount -a, which works perfectly fine. For example, here is my current line for my device UUID=B864-497A ...
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How does mounting on the GUI work “under the hood”

UPDATE Please correct me if I'm wrong: For working on my computer, with a GNU/Linux Distribution named Debian, I know two ways to enter a command, start an application, open a file, etc.: a ...
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Trouble with understanding the concept of mounting

Having read both What is meant by mounting a device in Linux? and understanding "mount" as a concept in the OS, I have a problem where it is stated that All accessible storage must have ...
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When mounting, when should I use a loop device?

According to the following question: What is a "loop device" when mounting? A loop device is a file that acts as a block-based device. While I can understand that conceptually, how is this ...
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What is the loopback interface

What is the loopback interface and how does it differ from the eth0 interface? And why do I need to use it when mounting an ISO or running a service on localhost?
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Difference between 'sync' and 'async' mount options

What is the difference between sync and async mount options from the end-user point of view? Is file system mounted with one of these options works faster than if mounted with another one? Which ...
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Make all files under a directory read-only without changing permissions?

First, some background: /dev/md1 is a RAID-0 array serving as primary file store. It is mounted to /var/smb. /dev/md2 is another RAID-0 array storing backup snapshots taken from /dev/md1. It is ...
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Umount all attached usb disks with a single command

Is there a (safe) way to umount all partitions on all attached usb devices (usb-hdds, usb-sticks) with a single commandline command, including several encrypted luks partitions? Only the partitions ...
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How to check if a filesystem is mounted with a script

I am new at scripting ... I can do very basic stuff, but now I need a hand. I have a local filesystem that only will be mounted when I need to do a backup. I'm starting with this. #!/bin/bash ...
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Mounting a hibernated Windows 8 NTFS partition on Linux Mint

I used Ubuntu for long even along Windows and SOMETIMES I got this problem for mounting the corresponding NTFS partition at the beginning, however with a pair of command lines to the console I got it ...
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Mount NTFS Partition on Startup in Ubuntu

I have a 10 gigabyte partition which I use for files which I share between my Windows installation and my Oneiric Ocelet (Ubuntu) installation. My Eclipse workspaces exist on this partition. Eclipse ...
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How to mount USB stick on Debian Sid?

I've just installed Debian Sid on my computer but I cannot mount external USB drives as you can see in the image. Mounting failed Cannot mount "SENZATITOLO" Not authorized What should I ...
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Hard disk labels

How do I add a label to a partition on a disk, and how do I then mount it by label (manually and via fstab)? note: this is an external hard drive
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Which of proc, sys etc. should be bind-mounted (or not) when chrooting into a “replacement” distribution?

This answer to another question basically boils down to chrooting into another Linux distribution in order to mainly use that as a replacement to its too restricted (but irreplaceable) parent. The ...
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How to mount a Truecrypt container with a timeout from the command line?

I'm mounting a truecrypt container via the command line (i.e. truecrypt file dir). Is there any way to have truecrypt automatically unmount the container after a given amount of inactivity in dir?
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Mounting and modifying a loopback file without sudo/root, is it possible?

I'm trying to adapt a tutorial into an easy to use script http://qt-project.org/wiki/RaspberryPi_Beginners_guide. I'm trying to reduce the need for sudo/root as much as possible (preferably, only ...
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How to check if /proc/ is mounted

How can I check if /proc/ is mounted? Using /etc/mtab is discouraged as it might be inconsistent. Using /proc/mounts is also not an option as might not exist if /proc/ is not mounted (although ...
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mount --bind other user as myself

I'm using fstab to bind a folder that belongs to another user in one of my own directories. I know that I can map users when I mount an SSHFS, I've been doing some research and I can't find a mount ...
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How to remove a USB drive without worrying if its been unmounted?

Sometimes I unplug my usb drive only to find out files were not written to it. I suppose the only way to ensure files are written to it is to right click on the USB drive on the desktop and then ...
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Do not halt the boot if an fstab mounting fails

I have this line in my fstab: sshfs#ecarroll@o99:/opt/dealermade/ftp/inc /opt/dealermade/ftp/inc fuse defaults,idmap=user,users 0 0 For whatever reason it didn't work -- that's fine. How do I make ...
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What sudoer spec allows users to mount cifs shares?

I'm trying create a line in /etc/sudoers that allows members of group "users" to mount cifs shares anywhere inside their own home directory. In my first attempt I tried: %users ALL=/bin/mount -t cifs ...
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Run systemd service after automount but after it's accessed

Is it possible to run a systemd service that prepares an automounted file system for use? This service would need to run after the filesystem is mounted, but before whatever triggered the automount ...
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How to use my login password to do two things

I have a CIFS drive that I mount regularly, and it requires a password for it. Since it's annoying to type my password every time, I wrote a script that sets the PASSWD environment variable, mounts ...
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Can I automate mounting a cifs share without storing my password in plaintext?

I currently use a script which contains commands along the lines of sudo /sbin/mount.cifs $SERVER_SHARE $MOUNT -o username=$DOMAIN_$USER,uid=$USER,gid=$USER,file_mode=0664,dir_mode=0775 to mount my ...
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Mount linux mount in windows (without ftp)?

I successfully mounted my external hard drive (ntfs) to /mnt/seagate. I'm using debian and the server is connected over LAN to my PC. So how can I mount my hard drive in my windows explorer without ...
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mapping a split file to /dev/loop0

I have a iscsi disk 2TB large. I make backup of that disk every week. The backup script copies the image of the whole iscsi disk into a file on my NFS. Unfortunately, it does not copy the image in one ...
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systemd - umount device after service which depends on it finishes

I'm trying to implement a mechanism of automated backup using udev rules and systemd. The idea is to launch a backup routine upon hot-plugging a specific storage device, quite similar to this ...
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single bind mounted file gets out of sync in linux

I am bind mounting a single file on top of another one and after making changes with an editor, I don't see the modifications in both files. However, if I make the changes with the shell using ...
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How to restore a Fat32 filesystem under Linux

Here is what happened: I used the Laptop and accessed some data on my usb stick. Then I closed the Laptop putting the system into sleep mode. The USB-Stick was still plugged in. After the laptop was ...
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How to trigger mount/umount before/after hibernation?

How to trigger mount/umount before/after hibernation? I use s2disk. Note: Debian
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How can I create an encrypted, file-system–agnostic, mountable volume?

At work, we have an iMac (running OS X) that shares a partitioned hard drive over the network. I'd like to back up to my partition from my Linux machine. I've attempted connecting via cifs, then ...
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How to mount multiple partitions

Is there a way to mount multiple partitions, or even all partitions, of a disk with a single command in Linux? Is there, perhaps, an option that the mount command accepts that would facilitate this? ...
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Does `shutdown -P now` safely unmount a USB drive mounted to `/dev/sdb1`?

I typically unmount my USB drive (using umount) from /dev/sdb1 before I shutdown my computer but if I shut it down using shutdown -P now and then restart it, the drive is no longer mounted. Is this ...
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Mounting an old floppy image file (.ima format) - how hard can it be?

I'm trying to mount and access a floppy image file in the .ima format (raw dump to floppy, similar to .img) on ArchLinux. This file is part of a set of 30. It is not bootable, but rather a ...
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Problem with mount namespaces under Fedora

I've run into an odd problem regarding mount namespaces on Linux. I have two systems, both X86_64 running kernel 3.2.3-2 under Fedora 16. I am attempting to mount a tmpfs filesystem in a child ...
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HDD no longer able to mount after editing /etc/fstab

I have an SSD which holds / and my home directory, but I also have a 1TB HDD with most of my music on. I tried to edit /etc/fstab to automatically mount the HDD to save me time. I am running Kubuntu. ...
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mount info for current directory

I can do df . to get some of the info on the mount that the current directory is in, and I can get all the info I want from mount, but get to much info. I can grep it down, but am wondering if there ...
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A process, run as root, when performing mount, is mounting for `self`, how to make the mount global?

I'm mounting a share from within process'es context. That, ultimately, mounts the object on a per-process namespace basis, rendering it invisible for the rest of the system. The problem is partially ...
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Option “user” work for mount, not for umount

I am experimenting mounting options for a program I am writing. I am running Linux Mageia 2. I added the following line to /etc/fstab /dev/sr0 /mem auto user,noauto, 0 0 and I removed all other ...
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filesystem image mounted with lofiadm looks smaller than expected

I have a .gz file and I'd like to see the content of it. I used lofiadm to mount it. lofiadm /backup/file.gz ->> returned /dev/lofi/1 mount -F ufs /dev/lofi/1 /mnt Then I checked the content ...