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|System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems Oracle Solaris 11 Express 11/10|
An LOFS file system is a virtual file system that provides an alternate path to an existing file system. When other file systems are mounted onto an LOFS file system, the original file system does not change.
For more information, see the lofs(7FS).
Note - Be careful when creating LOFS file systems. Because LOFS file systems are virtual file systems, the potential for confusing both users and applications is enormous.
For more information, see How to Obtain Administrative Rights in System Administration Guide: Security Services.
# mkdir loopback-directory
# mkdir /mount-point
# mount -F lofs loopback-directory /mount-point
Specifies the file system to be mounted on the loopback mount point.
Specifies the directory on which to mount the LOFS file system.
# mount -v
Example 19-4 Creating and Mounting an LOFS File System
The following example shows how to create, mount, and test new software in the /new/dist directory as a loopback file system without actually having to install it.
# mkdir /tmp/newroot # mount -F lofs /new/dist /tmp/newroot # chroot /tmp/newroot newcommand
Example 19-5 Mounting an LOFS File System at Boot Time
You can set up the system to automatically mount an LOFS file system at boot time by adding an entry to the end of the /etc/vfstab file. The following example shows an entry in the /etc/vfstab file that mounts an LOFS file system for the root (/) file system on /tmp/newroot.
/ - /tmp/newroot lofs - yes -
Ensure that the loopback entries are the last entries in the /etc/vfstab file. Otherwise, if the /etc/vfstab entry for a loopback file system precedes the file systems to be included in it, the loopback file system cannot be mounted.