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UMOUNT(2)			    Linux Programmer's Manual				UMOUNT(2)

NAME
       umount, umount2 - unmount file system

SYNOPSIS
       #include <sys/mount.h>

       int umount(const char *target);

       int umount2(const char *target, int flags);

DESCRIPTION
       umount()  and umount2() remove the attachment of the (topmost) file system mounted on tar-
       get.

       Appropriate privilege (Linux: the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability) is required	to  unmount  file
       systems.

       Linux  2.1.116  added  the umount2() system call, which, like umount(), unmounts a target,
       but allows additional flags controlling the behavior of the operation:

       MNT_FORCE (since Linux 2.1.116)
	      Force unmount even if busy.  This can cause data loss.  (Only for NFS mounts.)

       MNT_DETACH (since Linux 2.4.11)
	      Perform a lazy unmount: make the mount point  unavailable  for  new  accesses,  and
	      actually perform the unmount when the mount point ceases to be busy.

       MNT_EXPIRE (since Linux 2.6.8)
	      Mark the mount point as expired.	If a mount point is not currently in use, then an
	      initial call to umount2() with this flag fails with the error EAGAIN, but marks the
	      mount  point  as	expired.   The	mount  point  remains expired as long as it isn't
	      accessed by any process.	A second umount2() call specifying MNT_EXPIRE unmounts an
	      expired  mount  point.   This  flag  cannot  be  specified with either MNT_FORCE or
	      MNT_DETACH.

       UMOUNT_NOFOLLOW (since Linux 2.6.34)
	      Don't dereference target if it is a symbolic link.  This flag allows security prob-
	      lems  to	be  avoided in set-user-ID-root programs that allow unprivileged users to
	      unmount file systems.

RETURN VALUE
       On success, zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

ERRORS
       The error values given below result from file-system type independent errors.   Each  file
       system  type  may have its own special errors and its own special behavior.  See the Linux
       kernel source code for details.

       EAGAIN A call to umount2() specifying MNT_EXPIRE successfully marked an unbusy file system
	      as expired.

       EBUSY  target could not be unmounted because it is busy.

       EFAULT target points outside the user address space.

       EINVAL target  is  not a mount point.  Or, umount2() was called with MNT_EXPIRE and either
	      MNT_DETACH or MNT_FORCE.

       ENAMETOOLONG
	      A pathname was longer than MAXPATHLEN.

       ENOENT A pathname was empty or had a nonexistent component.

       ENOMEM The kernel could not allocate a free page to copy filenames or data into.

       EPERM  The caller does not have the required privileges.

VERSIONS
       MNT_DETACH and MNT_EXPIRE are available in glibc since version 2.11.

CONFORMING TO
       These functions are Linux-specific and should not be used in programs intended to be  por-
       table.

NOTES
       The  original umount() function was called as umount(device) and would return ENOTBLK when
       called with something other than a block device.  In Linux 0.98p4 a call  umount(dir)  was
       added,	in   order   to  support  anonymous  devices.	In  Linux  2.3.99-pre7	the  call
       umount(device) was removed, leaving only umount(dir) (since now devices can be mounted  in
       more than one place, so specifying the device does not suffice).

SEE ALSO
       mount(2), path_resolution(7), mount(8), umount(8)

COLOPHON
       This  page  is  part of release 3.53 of the Linux man-pages project.  A description of the
       project,    and	  information	 about	  reporting    bugs,	can    be    found     at
       http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.

Linux					    2010-06-19					UMOUNT(2)
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