My /etc/exports


While I mounting as non root user,

mount -o v3 /usr/backup/

I got mount: only root can do that

Note: I saw option user in fstab. Is there anyway without it ?

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    Yes, only root could specifiy options to mount command, you have to run mount with only target from fstab as argument: mount /usr/backup. – F. Hauri Jan 10 '17 at 7:31

Users could modify system's mount table either by

  • using sudo or su

or by

  • having one entrie with user,noauto options, in /etc/fstab


If on server host whith IP address, you have in /etc/exports


On client host, with IP address you have to add in /etc/fstab something like:   /usr/backup    nfs    rw,relatime,user,noauto   0   0

Then, users on must be able to mount share by just running:

mount /usr/backup

without sudo, of course!

  • noauto prevent system to mount the share at boot time.
  • user tell system to autorize (local) users to mount the share.
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    > Note: I saw option user in fstab. Is there anyway without it ? – user9517 supports GoFundMonica Jan 10 '17 at 7:49
  • Thanks. But as i mentioned above i already saw user option i fstab. – rajagopalx Jan 10 '17 at 7:55
  • @RajagopalSubramanian Ok, then my answer is user must be able to mount /path/to/target. If this is not case, please post answer and/or last lines of dmesg command. – F. Hauri Jan 10 '17 at 9:20
  • @Hanginoninquietdesperation Users could modify system mount table either by using sudo or su or by having entry with user,noauto in /etc/fstab. – F. Hauri Jan 10 '17 at 9:44
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    @RajagopalSubramanian No only root can do that, as user you could only run mount with 1 argument: the target. And this must be configured (by root user) in /etc/fstab – F. Hauri Jan 10 '17 at 12:29
$ sudo vi /etc/fstab /usr/backup nfs rw,noauto,user 0 0

In the above, "user" allows a non-root user to mount, and "noauto" means no automatic mount on boot.

If you want to enable export non-permanently (which is not persistent across reboots):

 $ sudo exportfs -o rw,async,no_root_squash,no_subtree_check

If you want to enable export permanently (which is persistent across reboots):

 $ sudo vi /etc/exports


 $ sudo exportfs -a

Now you can log in as "user" on the NFS client host, and do NFS mount as follows.

 $ mount /usr/backup

You can use sudo

sudo mount -o v3 /usr/backup/

You would need to add something suitable to the sudoers file e.g.

test ALL=(root) NOPASSWD: /bin/mount -o v3 /usr/backup/

which would allow the user test to execute the exact command listed without providing a password. You should take a look at the sudo and sudoers documentation.

  • I actually want to mount it inside container. can I use tis inside docker container ? Bcz I have user called cinder inside the container. But cinder user is not live outside the container. – rajagopalx Jan 10 '17 at 7:57
  • After updating /etc/sudoers file, When I switch to another user I got >>> /etc/sudoers: syntax error near line 32 <<< sudo: parse error in /etc/sudoers near line 32 sudo: no valid sudoers sources found, quitting sudo: unable to initialize policy plugin. – rajagopalx Jan 10 '17 at 8:08

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