mnthome(1) General Commands Manual mnthome(1)
mnthome – mount an AFP (AppleShare) home directory with the correct
mnthome [-v] [-d] [-m mntpath] [-n] [-b] [-p password] [-i]
[-x mount point] [-u] [-s]
The mnthome command unmounts the AFP (AppleShare) home directory that was
automounted as guest, and remounts it with the correct privileges by
logging into the AFP server using the current username and password. This
command also allows you to have guest access turned off on your AFP server
too and still have AFP home directories work with "su".
When you ssh into another computer using an account that has an AFP home
directory or you "su <netuser>" where <netuser> is an AFP home directory
user, then the resulting home directory will not have the correct access
This is because automount is assuming NFS behavior which assumes that all
computers share the same user/group privileges and mounts volumes using "no
security" and lets the client enforce privileges based on the current user.
AFP is different since the privileges are based on the user that logged
into the server. Since automount does not put up an authentication dialog
asking for an user name and password, automount mounts the fileserver using
guest login. Thus you end up with getting the world access privileges and
the privileges are shown via "mapping". You also would have to allow guest
access to the server to that sharepoint.
Mapping makes all the files/folders appear like they are owned by the
current user. Even those items not really owned by the current user show
up as being owned by the current user. The server provides user access
rights (UARights) which is a summary of what the access rights are
regardless of the category (owner, group, world) from which they were
obtained. When doing "mapping", the AppleShare client will take these
UARights and show them as the owner rights. So, everything looks like it
is owned by the current user and the owner rights are set to the UARights.
Thus if you had access to that file/folder before, then you still do.
The options are:
-v Display version number.
-d Print debugging information.
-m Alternative mount point is specified with the -m option followed by
a path to an existing directory. Normally, the volume is mounted
in /Network/Servers/ or /var/automount/Network/Servers/.
-n Do not force the unmount of the previous mount point.
-b Exec the user's shell after mount of home.
-p A password may be specified with the -p option followed by a
password. If this option is not used, then the user will be
prompted to enter in a password.
-i Display information about the AFP home mount point.
-u Attempt to unmount the current home directory mount.
-x This option must be followed by a path to an existing AFP mount
point. Display information about the mount point.
-s Skip preflight check to see if the currently mounted home directory
is already correctly mounted for the user.
The following example illustrates how to mount an AFP home directory:
This example shows how to print the debugging information and provide a
mnthome -d -p foobar
mount(2), unmount(2), mount(8) mount_afp(8)
I get the mounting url from the "home_loc" attribute and the mountpath from
the "home" attribute (with the path from home_loc subtracted out). If your
AFP home directory automounts in a different location, then you need to use
the -m option to specify an alternative mount point.
I cant figure out how to cd out of the current home dir so I can do the
unmount and then restore the user back into the new home dir. If you are
in the AFP home directory when you use mnthome, you automatically get put
back into that same directory when mnthome leaves. If mnthome works, then
your current directory is a dead directory and you need to "cd ~" to get to
your new home directory.
If the server with the home directory was already mounted by another user,
you will not be able to replace it with a mount made by your user id. The
original mount must be first unmounted by the mounting user or root.
The mnthome command first appeared Mac OS X version 10.3.
0 mnthome successfully remounted the AFP home directory.
[EINVAL] Invalid arguements were passed in.
[EPERM] The current AFP home directory could not be unmounted by
mnthome because the current user does not have the
correct access. The current AFP home directory was
probably mounted by another user first.
[EAUTH] Incorrect password.
Mac OS X August 4, 2004 Mac OS X