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


NAME
mount_fdesc -- mount the file-descriptor file system
SYNOPSIS
mount_fdesc [-o options] fdesc mount_point
DESCRIPTION
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 ignored. 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.
FILES
/dev/fd/# /dev/stdin /dev/stdout /dev/stderr /dev/tty
SEE ALSO
mount(2), unmount(2), fd(4), tty(4), fstab(5), mount(8)
HISTORY
The mount_fdesc utility first appeared in 4.4BSD.
BUGS
This filesystem may not be NFS-exported. NetBSD 8.0 December 29, 2013 NetBSD 8.0

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