allowing non root users to mount

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Fri Aug 29 12:01:19 PDT 2003

Desmond Lee <desmond.lee at> writes:

> I followed the instructions on the FAQ section about making non-root
> users able to mount file systems and that worked fine, but it only works
> if the target of the mounting point is accessible by that user.

Right.  You want that for security reasons.

> So, 'mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 ~/myFloppy'
> would only work if ~/myFloppy was a directory that was accessible by the
> user who executed the mount command. Thus, if you were a non-root user
> the stuff in the /etc/fstab would not be useful since the target of the
> mount commands were only accessible by the root.

Make the common mount point accessible to the console user.  fbtab(5)
(or xdm's 'GiveConsole' script, etc.) will help here.

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