System Administration Guide: Basic Administration

ProcedureHow to Mount a User's Home Directory

For information on automounting a home directory, see Task Overview for Autofs Administration in System Administration Guide: Network Services.

  1. Make sure that the user's home directory is shared.

    For more information, see How to Share a User's Home Directory.

  2. Log in as superuser on the user's system.

  3. Edit the /etc/vfstab file and create an entry for the user's home directory.

    system-name:/export/home/user-name - /export/home/username nfs - yes rw

    The name of the system where the home directory is located.


    The name of the user's home directory that will be shared. By convention, /export/home/username contains user home directories. However, you can use a different file system.


    Required placeholders in the entry.


    The name of the directory where the user's home directory will be mounted.

    For more information about adding an entry to the /etc/vfstab file, see Mounting File Systems in System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems.

  4. Create the mount point for the user's home directory.

    # mkdir -p /export/home/username
  5. Mount the user's home directory.

    # mountall

    All entries in the current vfstab file (whose mount at boot fields are set to yes) are mounted.

  6. Verify that the home directory is mounted.

    # mount | grep username

Example 5–3 Mounting a User's Home Directory

The following example shows how to mount user ripley's home directory.

# vi /etc/vfstab
(The line venus:/export/home/ripley - /export/home/ripley
nfs - yes rw is added.)
# mkdir -p /export/home/ripley
# mountall
# mount
/ on /dev/dsk/c0t0d0s0 read/write/setuid/intr/largefiles/xattr/onerror=panic/dev=...
/devices on /devices read/write/setuid/dev=46c0000 on Thu Jan  8 09:38:19 2004
/usr on /dev/dsk/c0t0d0s6 read/write/setuid/intr/largefiles/xattr/onerror=panic/dev=...
/proc on /proc read/write/setuid/dev=4700000 on Thu Jan  8 09:38:27 2004
/etc/mnttab on mnttab read/write/setuid/dev=47c0000 on Thu Jan  8 09:38:27 2004
/dev/fd on fd read/write/setuid/dev=4800000 on Thu Jan  8 09:38:30 2004
/var/run on swap read/write/setuid/xattr/dev=1 on Thu Jan  8 09:38:30 2004
/tmp on swap read/write/setuid/xattr/dev=2 on Thu Jan  8 09:38:30 2004
/export/home on /dev/dsk/c0t0d0s7 read/write/setuid/intr/largefiles/xattr/onerror=...
/export/home/ripley on venus:/export/home/ripley remote/read/write/setuid/xattr/dev=...