MOUNT(2) Linux Programmer's Manual MOUNT(2)
mount, umount - mount and unmount filesystems.
int mount(const char *source, const char *target, const char *filesystemtype, unsigned long mountflags, const void *data);
int umount(const char *target);
int umount2(const char *target, int flags);
mount attaches the filesystem specified by source (which is often a device name, but can also be a directory name or a dummy) to the direc-
tory specified by target.
umount and umount2 remove the attachment of the (topmost) filesystem mounted on target.
Only the super-user may mount and unmount filesystems. Since Linux 2.4 a single filesystem can be visible at multiple mount points, and
multiple mounts can be stacked on the same mount point.
Values for the filesystemtype argument supported by the kernel are listed in /proc/filesystems (like "minix", "ext2", "msdos", "proc",
"nfs", "iso9660" etc.). Further types may become available when the appropriate modules are loaded.
The mountflags argument may have the magic number 0xC0ED (MS_MGC_VAL) in the top 16 bits (this was required in kernel versions prior to
2.4, but is no longer required and ignored if specified), and various mount flags (as defined in <linux/fs.h> for libc4 and libc5 and in
<sys/mount.h> for glibc2) in the low order 16 bits:
(Linux 2.4 onwards) Perform a bind mount, making a file or a directory subtree visible at another point within a file system. Bind
mounts may cross file system boundaries and span chroot(2) jails. The filesystemtype, mountflags, and data arguments are ignored.
Permit mandatory locking on files in this file system. (Mandatory locking must still be enabled on a per-file basis, as described
Move a subtree. source specifies an existing mount point and target specifies the new location. The move is atomic: at no point is
the subtree unmounted. The filesystemtype, mountflags, and data arguments are ignored.
Do not update access times for (all types of) files on this file system.
Do not allow access to devices (special files) on this file system.
Do not update access times for directories on this file system.
Do not allow programs to be executed from this file system.
Do not honour set-UID and set-GID bits when executing programs from this file system.
Mount file system read-only.
Remount an existing mount. This is allows you to change the mountflags and data of an existing mount without having to unmount and
remount the file system. source and target should be the same values specified in the initial mount() call; filesystemtype is
Make writes on this file system synchronous (as though the O_SYNC flag to open(2) was specified for all file opens to this file sys-
From Linux 2.4 onwards, the MS_NODEV, MS_NOEXEC, and MS_NOSUID flags are settable on a per-mount point basis.
The data argument is interpreted by the different file systems. Typically it is a string of comma-separated options understood by this
file system. See mount(8) for details of the options available for each filesystem type.
Linux 2.1.116 added the umount2() system call, which, like umount(), unmounts a target, but allows additional flags controlling the behav-
iour of the operation:
Force unmount even if busy. (Since 2.1.116. Only for NFS mounts.)
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. (Since 2.4.11.)
On success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.
The error values given below result from filesystem type independent errors. Each filesystem type may have its own special errors and its
own special behavior. See the kernel source code for details.
EPERM The user is not the super-user.
ENODEV Filesystemtype not configured in the kernel.
Source is not a block device (and a device was required).
EBUSY Source is already mounted. Or, it cannot be remounted read-only, because it still holds files open for writing. Or, it cannot be
mounted on target because target is still busy (it is the working directory of some task, the mount point of another device, has
open files, etc.). Or, it could not be unmounted because it is busy.
EINVAL Source had an invalid superblock. Or, a remount was attempted, while source was not already mounted on target. Or, a move was
attempted, while source was not a mount point, or was '/'. Or, an umount was attempted, while target was not a mount point.
The second argument, or a prefix of the first argument, is not a directory.
EFAULT One of the pointer arguments points outside the user address space.
ENOMEM The kernel could not allocate a free page to copy filenames or data into.
A pathname was longer than MAXPATHLEN.
ENOENT A pathname was empty or had a nonexistent component.
ELOOP Too many link encountered during pathname resolution. Or, a move was attempted, while target is a descendant of source.
EACCES A component of a path was not searchable.
Or, mounting a read-only filesystem was attempted without giving the MS_RDONLY flag.
Or, the block device Source is located on a filesystem mounted with the MS_NODEV option.
ENXIO The major number of the block device source is out of range.
EMFILE (In case no block device is required:) Table of dummy devices is full.
These functions are Linux-specific and should not be used in programs intended to be portable.
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).
The original MS_SYNC flag was renamed MS_SYNCHRONOUS in 1.1.69 when a different MS_SYNC was added to <mman.h>.
Before Linux 2.4 an attempt to execute a set-UID or set-GID program on a filesystem mounted with MS_NOSUID would fail with EPERM. Since
Linux 2.4 the set-UID and set-GID bits are just silently ignored in this case.
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