> > For most uses, the illusion of multiple mounts is provided
> very nicely
> > by symbolic links. It works, and programs which should not
> be confused
> > can make a point of not following links. For example a program that
> > does "rm -rf" in /tmp.
> > So what use is mount -t bind?
> > One use is to hide the fact that anything is linked. This
> it does very
> > well. Disturbingly well :-) I don't know of a legitimate
> use for this
> > though.
> There is plenty -- the chief one is to provide the same namespace on a
> whole collection of machines. autofs currently uses symlinks (well,
> 3.1.5 supports mount -t bind) and it is a neverending source of
Another I can think of is to allow for a smaller (and maybe readonly)
root filesystem: just bind-mount /var/tmp over /tmp...
Yes, it could be done with symlinks, but this is cuter :-)
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