BIND(2) BIND(2) NAME bind, mount, unmount - change name space SYNOPSIS int bind(char *name, char *old, int flag) int mount(int fd, char *old, int flag, char *aname, char *authserv) int unmount(char *name, char *old) DESCRIPTION Bind and mount modify the file name space of the current process and other processes in its name space group (see fork(2)). For both calls, old is the name of an existing file or directory in the current name space where the modi- fication is to be made. The name old is evaluated as described in intro(2), except that no translation of the final path element is done. For bind, name is the name of another (or possibly the same) existing file or directory in the current name space. After a successful bind call, the file name old is an alias for the object originally named by name; if the modification doesn't hide it, name will also still refer to its original file. The evaluation of new happens at the time of the bind, not when the binding is later used. The fd argument to mount is a file descriptor of an open network connection or pipe to a file server. The old file must be a directory. After a successful mount the file tree served (see below) by fd will be visible with its root directory having name old. The flag controls details of the modification made to the name space. In the following, new refers to the file as defined by name or the root directory served by fd. Either both old and new files must be directories, or both must not be directories. Flag can be one of: MREPL Replace the old file by the new one. Henceforth, an evaluation of old will be translated to the new file. If they are directories (for mount, this condition is true by definition), old becomes a union directory consisting of one directory (the new file). MBEFORE Both the old and new files must be directories. Add the constituent files of the new directory to the union directory at old so its contents appear BIND(2) BIND(2) first in the union. After an MBEFORE bind or mount, the new directory will be searched first when evaluating file names in the union directory. MAFTER Like MBEFORE but the new directory goes at the end of the union. The flags are defined in <libc.h>. In addition, there is an MCREATE flag that can be OR'd with any of the above. When a create system call (see open(2)) attempts to create in a union directory, and the file does not exist, the elements of the union are searched in order until one is found with MCREATE set. The file is created in that directory; if that attempt fails, the create fails. With mount, the file descriptor fd must be open for reading and writing and prepared to respond to 9P messages (see Sec- tion 5). After the mount, the file tree starting at old is served by a kernel mnt(3) device. That device will turn operations in the tree into messages on fd. Aname selects among different file trees on the server; the null string chooses the default tree. Authserv is the textual name of the file server. It is used during authentication to assure that fd is a connection to the intended server. If authserv is the empty string, no authentication is performed and the empty string is used as the authentication key in the attach message (see auth(5) and attach(5)). The file descriptor fd is automatically closed by a success- ful mount call. The effects of bind and mount can be undone by unmount. If name is zero, everything bound to or mounted upon old is unbound or unmounted. If name is not zero, it is evaluated as described above for bind, and the effect of binding or mounting that particular result on old is undone. SEE ALSO bind(1), intro(2), fcall(2), intro(5), mnt(3), srv(3) DIAGNOSTICS These routines set errstr. BUGS Mount will not return until it has successfully attached to the file server, so the process doing a mount cannot be the one serving.