MOUNT_FDESC(8)          NetBSD System Manager's Manual          MOUNT_FDESC(8)

     mount_fdesc -- mount the file-descriptor file system

     mount_fdesc [-o options] fdesc mount_point

     The mount_fdesc command attaches an instance of the per-process file
     descriptor namespace to the global filesystem namespace.  The conven-
     tional mount point is /dev and the filesystem should be union mounted in
     order to augment, rather than replace, the existing entries in /dev.  The
     directory specified by mount_point is converted to an absolute path
     before use.

     This command is normally executed by mount(8) at boot time.

     The options are as follows:

     -o      Options are specified with a -o flag followed by a comma sepa-
             rated string of options.  See the mount(8) man page for possible
             options and their meanings.

     The contents of the mount point are fd, stderr, stdin, stdout and tty.

     fd is a directory whose contents appear as a list of numbered files which
     correspond to the open files of the process reading the directory.  The
     files /dev/fd/0 through /dev/fd/# refer to file descriptors which can be
     accessed through the file system.  If the file descriptor is open and the
     mode the file is being opened with is a subset of the mode of the exist-
     ing descriptor, the call:

           fd = open("/dev/fd/0", mode);

     and the call:

           fd = fcntl(0, F_DUPFD, 0);

     are equivalent.

     The files /dev/stdin, /dev/stdout and /dev/stderr appear as symlinks to
     the relevant entry in the /dev/fd sub-directory.  Opening them is equiva-
     lent to the following calls:

           fd = fcntl(STDIN_FILENO,  F_DUPFD, 0);
           fd = fcntl(STDOUT_FILENO, F_DUPFD, 0);
           fd = fcntl(STDERR_FILENO, F_DUPFD, 0);

     Flags to the open(2) call other than O_RDONLY, O_WRONLY and O_RDWR are

     The /dev/tty entry is an indirect reference to the current process's con-
     trolling terminal.  It appears as a named pipe (FIFO) but behaves in
     exactly the same way as the real controlling terminal device.


     mount(2), unmount(2), tty(4), fstab(5), mount(8)

     The mount_fdesc utility first appeared in 4.4BSD.

     This filesystem may not be NFS-exported.

NetBSD 5.0_RC4                  March 27, 1994                  NetBSD 5.0_RC4

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