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System Calls                                             mount(2)

     mount - mount a file system

     #include <sys/types.h>
     #include <sys/mount.h>
     #include <sys/mntent.h>

     int mount(const char *spec, const char *dir, int mflag, char
     *fstype,  char  *dataptr,  int  datalen,  char  *optptr, int

     The mount() function requests that a removable  file  system
     contained  on  the  block special file identified by spec be
     mounted on the directory identified by dir. The spec and dir
     arguments are pointers to path names.

     After a successful call to mount(), all  references  to  the
     file  dir  refer  to  the root directory on the mounted file
     system. The mounted file system is inserted into the  kernel
     list  of all mounted file systems. This list can be examined
     through the mounted file system table (see mnttab(4)).

     The fstype argument is the file system type  name.  Standard
     file  system  names  are defined with the prefix MNTTYPE_ in

     The dataptr argument is 0 if no file system-specific data is
     to be passed; otherwise it points to an area of size datalen
     that contains the file system-specific data for  this  mount
     and the MS_DATA flag should be set.

     If the MS_OPTIONSTR flag is set, then  optptr  points  to  a
     buffer  containing  the  list of options to be used for this
     mount. The optlen  argument  specifies  the  length  of  the
     buffer.  On  completion  of the mount() call, the options in
     effect for the mounted file  system  are  returned  in  this
     buffer.  If  MS_OPTIONSTR is not specified, then the options
     for this mount will not appear in the mounted  file  systems

     The mflag argument is constructed by a  bitwise-inclusive-OR
     of flags from the following list, defined in <sys/mount.h>.

           The dataptr and datalen arguments describe a block  of
           file system-specific binary data at address dataptr of
           length datalen. This is interpreted  by  file  system-
           specific code within the operating system and its for-
           mat depends on the file system type. If  a  particular
           file  system  type does not require this data, dataptr

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System Calls                                             mount(2)

           and datalen should both be 0.

           Mount a file system globally if the system is  config-
           ured and booted as part of a cluster (see clinfo(1M)).

           Prevent programs that are marked set-user-ID  or  set-
           group-ID from executing (see chmod(1)). It also causes
           open(2) to return ENXIO when attempting to open  block
           or character special files.

           The optptr and optlen arguments describe  a  character
           buffer  at address optptr of size optlen. When calling
           mount(), the character buffer should contain  a  null-
           terminated  string of options to be passed to the file
           system-specific code within the operating system. On a
           successful  return, the file system-specific code will
           return the list of  options  recognized.  Unrecognized
           options  are  ignored.  The  format of the string is a
           list of option names separated by commas. Options that
           have  values  (rather than binary options such as suid
           or nosuid), are separated by "=" such as  dev=2c4046c.
           Standard  option  names are defined in <sys/mntent.h>.
           Only strings defined in the "C" locale are  supported.
           The maximum length option string that can be passed to
           or returned from a mount()  call  is  defined  by  the
           MAX_MNTOPT_STR  constant.  The  buffer  should be long
           enough to contain more options than were passed in, as
           the  state of any default options that were not passed
           in the input option string may also be returned in the
           recognized options list that is returned.

           Allow the file system to be mounted over  an  existing
           file system mounted on dir, making the underlying file
           system inaccessible. If a  mount  is  attempted  on  a
           pre-existing  mount  point  without setting this flag,
           the mount will fail.

           Mount the file system  for  reading  only.  This  flag
           should  also  be  specified  for file systems that are
           incapable of writing  (for  example,  CDROM).  Without
           this  flag,  writing is permitted according to indivi-
           dual file accessibility.

           Remount a read-only file system as read-write.

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System Calls                                             mount(2)

     Upon successful completion, 0 is returned.  Otherwise, -1 is
     returned and errno is set to indicate the error.

     The mount() function will fail if:

     EBUSY The dir argument is currently mounted on, is someone's
           current  working  directory, or is otherwise busy; the
           device associated with spec is currently  mounted;  or
           there are no more mount table entries.

           The spec, dir, fstype,  dataptr,  or  optptr  argument
           points outside the allocated address space of the pro-

           The super block has an invalid  magic  number  or  the
           fstype is invalid.

     ELOOP Too many symbolic links were encountered in  translat-
           ing  spec or  dir.

           The length of the  path argument exceeds  PATH_MAX, or
           the length of a  path component exceeds NAME_MAX while
           _POSIX_NO_TRUNC is in effect.

           None of the named files exists or is a null pathname.

           The path argument points to a remote machine  and  the
           link to that machine is no longer active.

           The file  system  state  in  the  super-block  is  not
           FsOKAY and mflag requests write permission.

           The spec argument is not a block special device.

           The dir argument is not a directory, or a component of
           a path prefix is not a directory.

           A global mount is attempted (the MS_GLOBAL flag is set
           in  mflag) on a machine which is not booted as a clus-
           ter or a local mount is attempted and dir is within  a
           globally mounted file system.

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System Calls                                             mount(2)

     ENXIO The device associated with spec does not exist.

           The length of the option string to be returned in  the
           optptr  argument exceeds the size of the buffer speci-
           fied by optlen.

     EPERM The effective user ID is not superuser.

           The spec argument is remote and cannot be mounted.

     EROFS The  spec  argument  is  write  protected  and   mflag
           requests write permission.

     The mount() function can be invoked only by  processes  with
     superuser privileges.

     When a UFS file system is mounted with logging enabled, file
     system  transactions  that  free blocks from files might not
     actually add those freed blocks to the  file  system's  free
     list  until  some  unspecified  time  in  the  future.  This
     behavior improves file system performance but does not  con-
     form  to the POSIX, Single UNIX Specification, SPARC Confor-
     mance Definition, System  V  Application  Binary  Interface,
     System  V Interface Definition, and X/Open Portability Guide
     Standards, which  require  that  freed  space  be  available
     immediately.  To enable standards conformance regarding file
     deletions or to address the problem of  not  being  able  to
     grow  files  on a relatively full UFS file system even after
     files  have  been  deleted,   disable   UFS   logging   (see

     mount(1M), mount_ufs(1M), umount(2), mnttab(4)

     MS_OPTIONSTR-type option strings should be used.

     Some flag bits set file system  options  that  can  also  be
     passed  in an option string.  Options are first set from the
     option string with the last setting  of  an  option  in  the
     string determining the value to be set by the option string.
     Any options controlled by flags are then applied, overriding
     any value set by the option string.

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