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       bindfs ‐ mount --bind in user-space


       bindfs [options] dir mountpoint


       A  FUSE  filesystem  for  mirroring  the  contents  of  a  directory to another directory.
       Additionally, one can change the permissions of files in the mirrored directory.


       -u, --force-user, -o force-user=...
              Makes all files owned by the specified user.  Also  causes  chown  on  the  mounted
              filesystem to always fail.

       -g, --force-group=group, -o force-group=...
              Makes  all  files  owned  by the specified group.  Also causes chgrp on the mounted
              filesystem to always fail.

       -p, --perms=permissions, -o perms=...
              Takes a comma- or colon-separated list of chmod-like permission  specifications  to
              be applied to the permission bits in order.  See PERMISSION SPECIFICATION below for

              This only affects how the permission bits of existing files are altered when  shown
              in the mounted directory. You can use --create-with-perms to change the permissions
              that newly created files get in the source directory.

              Note that, as usual, the root user isn't bound by the permissions  set  here.   You
              can get a truly read-only mount by using -r.

       -m, --mirror=user1:user2:..., -o mirror=...
              Takes  a  comma-  or  colon-separated  list of users who will see themselves as the
              owners of all files. Users who are not listed here will still be able to access the
              mount if the permissions otherwise allow them to.

              You  can  also  give  a  group name prefixed with an '@' to mirror all members of a
              group. This will not change which group the files are shown to have.

       -M, --mirror-only=user1:user2:..., -o mirror-only=...
              Like --mirror but disallows access for all other users (except root).

       --map=user1/user2:@group1/@group2:..., -o map=...
              Given a mapping user1/user2, all files owned by user1 are shown as owned by  user2.
              When  user2  creates  files, they are chowned to user1 in the underlying directory.
              When files are chowned to user2, they  are  chowned  to  user1  in  the  underlying
              directory. Works similarly for groups.

              A  single  user  or  group may appear no more than once on the left and once on the
              right of a slash in the list of mappings.   Currently,  the  options  --force-user,
              --force-group,  --mirror,  --create-for-*,  --chown-*  and  --chgrp-*  override the
              corresponding behavior of this option.

              Requires mounting as root.

       --uid-offset=..., -o uid-offset=...
              Works like --map, but adds the given number  to  all  file  owner  user  IDs.   For
              instance,  --uid-offset=100000 causes a file owned by user 123 to be shown as owned
              by user 100123.

              For now, this option cannot be used together with --map. Please file an issue  with
              the desired semantics if you have a case for using them together.

              Requires mounting as root.

       --gid-offset=..., -o gid-offset=...
              Works exactly like --uid-offset but for groups.


       New  files  and  directories are created so they are owned by the mounter.  bindfs can let
       this happen (the default for normal users), or it can try  to  change  the  owner  to  the
       uid/gid  of  the process that wants to create the file (the default for root).  It is also
       possible to have bindfs try to change the owner to a particular user or group.

       --create-as-user, -o create-as-user
              Tries to change the owner and group of new files and directories to the uid and gid
              of  the  caller. This can work only if the mounter is root.  It is also the default
              behavior (mimicing mount --bind) if the mounter is root.

       --create-as-mounter, -o create-as-mounter
              All new files and directories will be owned by the mounter.  This  is  the  default
              behavior for non-root mounters.

       --create-for-user=user, -o create-for-user=...
              Tries  to change the owner of new files and directories to the user specified here.
              This  can  work  only  if  the  mounter  is  root.   This  option   overrides   the
              --create-as-user and --create-as-mounter options.

       --create-for-group=group, -o create-for-group=...
              Tries  to  change  the  owning  group  of  new  files  and directories to the group
              specified here.  This can work only if the mounter is root.  This option  overrides
              the --create-as-user and --create-as-mounter options.

       --create-with-perms=permissions, -o create-with-perms=...
              Works  like  --perms  but is applied to the permission bits of new files get in the
              source directory.  Normally the permissions of new files  depend  on  the  creating
              process's  preferences  and  umask.   This  option  can  be  used  to  modify those
              permissions or override them completely.  See PERMISSION  SPECIFICATION  below  for


       The  behaviour  on chown/chgrp calls can be changed. By default they are passed through to
       the source directory even if bindfs is set to show a fake owner/group. A chown/chgrp  call
       will  only  succeed if the user has enough mirrored permissions to chmod the mirrored file
       AND the mounter has enough permissions to chmod the real file.

       --chown-normal, -o chown-normal
              Tries to chown the underlying file. This is the default.

       --chown-ignore, -o chown-ignore
              Lets chown succeed (if the user has enough mirrored permissions) but actually  does
              nothing. A combined chown/chgrp is effectively turned into a chgrp-only request.

       --chown-deny, -o chown-deny
              Makes  chown  always fail with a 'permission denied' error.  A combined chown/chgrp
              request will fail as well.

       --chgrp-normal, -o chgrp-normal
              Tries to chgrp the underlying file. This is the default.

       --chgrp-ignore, -o chgrp-ignore
              Lets chgrp succeed (if the user has enough mirrored permissions) but actually  does
              nothing. A combined chown/chgrp is effectively turned into a chown-only request.

       --chgrp-deny, -o chgrp-deny
              Makes  chgrp  always fail with a 'permission denied' error.  A combined chown/chgrp
              request will fail as well.


       Chmod calls are forwarded to the source directory by default.  This may  cause  unexpected
       behaviour if bindfs is altering permission bits.

       --chmod-normal, -o chmod-normal
              Tries  to  chmod  the  underlying  file.  This  will  succeed  if  the user has the
              appropriate mirrored permissions to chmod the mirrored file  AND  the  mounter  has
              enough permissions to chmod the real file.  This is the default (in order to behave
              like mount --bind by default).

       --chmod-ignore, -o chmod-ignore
              Lets chmod succeed (if the user has enough mirrored permissions) but actually  does

       --chmod-deny, -o chmod-deny
              Makes chmod always fail with a 'permission denied' error.

       --chmod-filter=permissions, -o chmod-filter=...
              Changes the permission bits of a chmod request before it is applied to the original
              file. Accepts the same permission syntax as --perms.  See PERMISSION  SPECIFICATION
              below for details.

       --chmod-allow-x, -o chmod-allow-x
              Allows   setting   and   clearing  the  executable  attribute  on  files  (but  not
              directories). When used with --chmod-ignore, chmods will only affect  execute  bits
              on  files  and  changes to other bits are discarded.  With --chmod-deny, all chmods
              that would change any bits except excecute bits on files will  still  fail  with  a
              'permission denied'.  This option does nothing with --chmod-normal.


       Extended  attributes  are  mirrored  by  default,  though  not all underlying file systems
       support xattrs.

       --xattr-none, -o xattr-none
              Disable extended attributes altogether. All operations will return  'Operation  not

       --xattr-ro, -o xattr-ro
              Let extended attributes be read-only.

       --xattr-rw, -o xattr-rw
              Let  extended  attributes  be read-write (the default).  The read/write permissions
              are checked against the (possibly modified) file permissions inside the mount.


       Reads and writes through the mount point can be throttled. Throttling  works  by  sleeping
       the  required amount of time on each read or write request.  Throttling imposes one global
       limit on all readers/writers as opposed to a per-process or per-user limit.

       Currently, the implementation is not entirely fair. See BUGS below.

       --read-rate=N, -o read-rate=N
              Allow at most N bytes per second to be read.  N  may  have  one  of  the  following
              (1024-based) suffixes: k, M, G, T.

       --write-rate=N, -o write-rate=N
              Same as above, but for writes.


       --hide-hard-links, -o hide-hard-links
              Shows the hard link count of all files as 1.

       --resolve-symlinks, -o resolve-symlinks
              Transparently resolves symbolic links.  Disables creation of new symbolic links.

              With  the following exceptions, operations will operate directly on the target file
              instead of the symlink. Renaming/moving a resolved symlink (inside the  same  mount
              point)  will  move  the symlink instead of the underlying file. Deleting a resolved
              symlink will delete the underlying symlink but not the destination file.  This  can
              be configured with --resolved-symlink-deletion.

              Note  that  when some programs, such as vim, save files, they actually move the old
              file out of the way, create a new file in its place, and  finally  delete  the  old
              file.  Doing  these operations on a resolved symlink will replace it with a regular

              Symlinks pointing outside the source directory are  supported  with  the  following
              exception:  accessing  the mountpoint recursively through a resolved symlink is not
              supported and will return an error.  This  is  because  a  FUSE  filesystem  cannot
              reliably call itself recursively without deadlocking, especially in single-threaded

       --resolved-symlink-deletion=policy, -o resolved-symlink-deletion=policy
              If --resolve-symlinks is enabled, decides what happens when a resolved  symlink  is
              deleted.  The options are: deny (resolved symlinks cannot be deleted), symlink-only
              (the underlying symlink is deleted, its target is not), symlink-first (the  symlink
              is deleted, and if that succeeds, the target is deleted but no error is reported if
              that fails) or target-first (the target  is  deleted  first,  and  the  symlink  is
              deleted only if deleting the target succeeded).  The default is symlink-only.

              Note  that  deleting files inside symlinked directories is always possible with all
              settings, including deny, unless something else protects those files.

       --block-devices-as-files, -o block-devices-as-files
              Shows block devices as regular files.


       -h, --help
              Displays a help message and exits.

       -V, --version
              Displays version information and exits.

       --no-allow-other, -o no-allow-other
              Does not add -o  allow_other  to  FUSE  options.   This  causes  the  mount  to  be
              accessible only by the current user.

              (The deprecated shorthand -n is also still accepted.)

       --realistic-permissions, -o realistic-permissions
              Hides  read/write/execute  permissions for a mirrored file when the mounter doesn't
              have read/write/execute access to the underlying file.  Useless  when  mounting  as
              root, since root will always have full access.

              (Prior  to  version  1.10 this option was the default behavior.  I felt it violated
              the principle of least surprise badly enough to warrant a small break in backwards-

       --ctime-from-mtime, -o ctime-from-mtime
              Recall that a unix file has three standard timestamps: atime (last access i.e. read
              time), mtime (last content modification  time)  ctime  (last  content  or  metadata
              (inode) change time)

              With  this option, the ctime of each file and directory is read from its mtime.  In
              other words, only content modifications (as opposed to metadata  changes)  will  be
              reflected  in  a  mirrored file's ctime.  The underlying file's ctime will still be
              updated normally.

       --enable-lock-forwarding, -o enable-lock-forwarding
              Forwards flock and fcntl locking requests  to  the  source  directory.   This  way,
              locking a file in the bindfs mount will also lock the file in the source directory.

              This  option  must  be  used  with  --multithreaded  because  otherwise bindfs will
              deadlock as soon as there is lock contention. However, see BUGS below  for  caveats
              about --multithreaded with the current implementation.

       --disable-lock-forwarding, -o disable-lock-forwarding
              Currently  does  nothing,  but  a  future  release  may  default  to  enabling lock
              forwarding. If you depend on this behaviour, it's  recommended  to  set  this  flag

       --enable-ioctl, -o enable-ioctl
              Enables  forwarding  of  ioctl,  which is needed for some advanced features such as
              append-only files (chattr +a). Note that the ioctl action will be performed as  the
              mounter,  not  the  calling  user. No efforts are made to check whether the calling
              user would ordinarily have the permissions  to  make  the  ioctl.  This  may  be  a
              security concern, especially when mounting as root.

       --multithreaded, -o multithreaded
              Run  bindfs in multithreaded mode. While bindfs is designed to be otherwise thread-
              safe, there is currently a race condition that may pose a security  risk  for  some
              use cases. See BUGS below.


       -o options
              Fuse options.

       -r, -o ro
              Make the mount strictly read-only.  This even prevents root from writing to it.  If
              this is all you need, then (since Linux 2.6.26) you can get a more  efficent  mount
              with mount --bind and then mount -o remount,ro.

       -d, -o debug
              Enable debug output (implies -f).

       -f     Foreground operation.


       The  -p  option  takes a comma- or colon-separated list of either octal numeric permission
       bits  or  symbolic  representations  of   permission   bit   operations.    The   symbolic
       representation  is based on that of the  chmod(1) command.  setuid, setgid and sticky bits
       are ignored.

       This program extends the chmod symbolic representation with the following operands:

       `D' (right hand side)
           Works like X but applies only to directories (not to executables).

       `d' and `f' (left hand side)
           Makes this directive only apply to directories (d) or files (f).
           e.g. gd-w would remove the group write bit from all directories.

       `u', `g', `o' (right hand side)
           Uses the user (u), group (g) or others (o) permission bits of
           the original file.
           e.g. g=u would copy the user's permission bits to the group.
                ug+o would add the others' permissions to the owner and group.


       o-rwx  Removes all permission bits from others.

       g=rD   Allows group to read all files and enter all directories, but nothing else.

              Sets permission bits to  0644  and  adds  the  execute  bit  for  everyone  to  all
              directories and executables.

              Removes  execute  bit  for  others  and  group, adds read and directory execute for
              others  and  group,  sets   user   permissions   to   read,   write   and   execute
              directory/executable, adds read and write for group.


       bindfs -u www -g nogroup -p 0000,u=rD ~/mywebsite ~/public_html/mysite

              Publishes a website in public_html so that only the 'www' user can read the site.

       bindfs -M foo,bar,1007,@mygroup -p 0600,u+X dir mnt

              Gives access to 'foo', 'bar', the user with the UID 1007 as well as everyone in the
              group 'mygroup'. Sets the permission bits to 0600, thus giving the specified  users
              read/write access, and adds the user execute bit for directories and executables.

       bindfs -ono-allow-other,perms=a-w somedir somedir

              Makes a directory read-only and accessable only by the current user.

       /home/bob/shared /var/www/shared/bob fuse.bindfs perms=0000:u+rD 0 0

              An example /etc/fstab entry. Note that the colon must be used to separate arguments
              to perms, because the comma is an option separator in /etc/fstab.

       bindfs#/home/bob/shared /var/www/shared/bob fuse perms=0000:u+rD 0 0

              Older systems may require this deprecated fstab syntax.


       Setuid and setgid bits have no effect inside the mount.   This  is  a  necessary  security
       feature of FUSE.

       Access  to device files is denied by default by FUSE as a security precaution.  Use -o dev
       to enable access (requires mounting as root). This may not be supported on  all  operating

       MacFuse  caches file contents by default.  This means that changes in source files are not
       always immediately visible under the mount point.  -o nolocalcaches can be used to disable
       the cache.

       When  using  --mirror[-only]  @somegroup,  bindfs  won't see changes to the group's member
       list.  Sending bindfs a SIGUSR1 signal will make it reread the user database.

       The    following    extra    options    may    be     useful     under     osxfuse:     -o
       local,allow_other,extended_security,noappledouble                                      See for details.


       If bindfs is run in  multithreaded  mode  (with  the  --multithreaded  option)  then  it's
       possible  for  another  process  to  briefly  see a file with an incorrect owner, group or
       permissions.  This may constitute a  security  risk  if  you  rely  on  bindfs  to  reduce
       permissions  on  new  files.  For  this  reason, as of version 1.11 bindfs runs in single-
       threaded mode by default.

       Rate limiting favors the process with the larger block size.  If two processes compete for
       read/write  access,  the one whose read()/write() calls specify the larger block size gets
       to read/write faster.  The total rate limit is maintained though, and clients  with  equal
       block sizes and a similar rate of requests are treated fairly as long as the kernel orders
       their requests fairly.

       Some   features   relying   on   xattrs   might   not    work    properly    on    OS    X
       (  For instance, Finder tags seem to work but
       comments might not.

       Please report bugs and/or send pull requests to


       The option names --user and --group were deprecated and  replaced  with  --force-user  and
       --force-group in version 1.12.  The former names clashed with standard option names.  They
       are still available but their use is discouraged and prints a warning. The synonym --owner
       is also deprecated for consistency.


       Martin Pärtel <martin dot partel at gmail dot com>


       chmod(1), fusermount(1),