Re: OK to mount multiple FS in one dir?

From: Thorsten Glaser Geuer (
Date: Tue Feb 06 2001 - 14:47:11 EST

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Samuelson" <>
To: "Michael D. Crawford" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Tuesday, 6. February 2001 00:06
Subject: Re: OK to mount multiple FS in one dir?

> [Michael D. Crawford]
> > I found I could mount three partitions on /mnt
> Yes. New feature, appeared in the 2.4.0test series, or shortly before.
> > and they'd all show up as mounted at /mnt in the "mount" command, but
> > if I unmounted one of them (only tried with the currently visible
> > one), then it appeared that there were no filesystems mounted there,
> > but I could continue umounting until the other two were gone.
> util-linux gets rather confused by this feature. They say newer
> versions fix this.
> > But I had the 2.10r util-linux sources on my machine and installed
> > mount and umount from it, and I find that it gets it right mostly
> > when I mount and unmount multiple things, with the exception that if
> > /dev/sda5 was mounted before /dev/sda1, then if I give the command
> > "umount /dev/sda5", sda1 is the one that gets unmounted rather than
> > sda5, so it takes the most recently mounted filesystem rather than
> > the one you specify.
> I think this is a kernel limitation. 'umount' takes '/dev/sda5' and
> turns it into '/mnt/test' and calls umount("/mnt/test"). The kernel
> then unmounts whatever is on "top" of /mnt/test.
> I don't think there's anything umount can do about this behavior.

What about userland umount checking which device is umounted and
refusing to umount it or at least issuing a printf warning?

> Peter


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