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fuse(8)								       fuse(8)

       fuse - format and options for the fuse file systems

       FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) is a simple interface for userspace pro‐
       grams to export a virtual filesystem to the  Linux  kernel.  FUSE  also
       aims  to provide a secure method for non privileged users to create and
       mount their own filesystem implementations.

       Some  options  regarding	 mount	policy	can  be	 set   in   the	  file
       /etc/fuse.conf. Currently these options are:

       mount_max = NNN
	      Set the maximum number of FUSE mounts allowed to non-root users.
	      The default is 1000.

	      Allow non-root users to specify the  allow_other	or  allow_root
	      mount options (see below).

       Most of the generic mount options described in mount are supported (ro,
       rw, suid, nosuid, dev,  nodev,  exec,  noexec,  atime,  noatime,	 sync,
       async,  dirsync). Filesystems are mounted with nodev,nosuid by default,
       which can only be overridden by a privileged user.

   General mount options:
       These are FUSE specific mount options that can  be  specified  for  all

	      By  default  FUSE	 doesn't  check	 file  access permissions, the
	      filesystem is free to implement it's access policy or  leave  it
	      to the underlying file access mechanism (e.g. in case of network
	      filesystems). This option enables permission checking, restrict‐
	      ing access based on file mode.  This is option is usually useful
	      together with the allow_other mount option.

	      This option overrides  the  security  measure  restricting  file
	      access  to  the  user  mounting  the  filesystem.	  So all users
	      (including root) can  access  the	 files.	  This	option	is  by
	      default  only  allowed  to  root,	 but  this  restriction can be
	      removed with a configuration option described  in	 the  previous

	      This option is similar to allow_other but file access is limited
	      to the user mounting the filesystem and root.  This  option  and
	      allow_other are mutually exclusive.

	      This  option disables flushing the cache of the file contents on
	      every open(2).  This should  only	 be  enabled  on  filesystems,
	      where the file data is never changed externally (not through the
	      mounted FUSE filesystem).	 Thus it is not suitable  for  network
	      filesystems and other intermediate filesystems.

	      NOTE:  if	 this  option is not specified (and neither direct_io)
	      data is still cached after the open(2), so a read(2) system call
	      will not always initiate a read operation.

	      This  option  enables  automatic	flushing  of the data cache on
	      open(2). The cache will only be flushed if the modification time
	      or the size of the file has changed.

	      Issue  large  read  requests.   This can improve performance for
	      some filesystems, but can also degrade performance. This	option
	      is only useful on 2.4.X kernels, as on 2.6 kernels requests size
	      is automatically determined for optimum performance.

	      This option disables the use of page cache (file content	cache)
	      in the kernel for this filesystem. This has several affects:

       1.     Each  read(2)  or write(2) system call will initiate one or more
	      read or write operations, data will not be cached in the kernel.

       2.     The return value of the read() and  write()  system  calls  will
	      correspond  to  the  return  values of the read and write opera‐
	      tions. This is useful for example if the file size is not	 known
	      in advance (before reading it).

	      With this option the maximum size of read operations can be set.
	      The default is infinite. Note that the size of read requests  is
	      limited anyway to 32 pages (which is 128kbyte on i386).

	      Set  the	maximum number of bytes to read-ahead.	The default is
	      determined by the kernel. On linux-2.6.22 or earlier it's 131072

	      Set the maximum number of bytes in a single write operation. The
	      default is 128kbytes.  Note, that due  to	 various  limitations,
	      the  size	 of write requests can be much smaller (4kbytes). This
	      limitation will be removed in the future.

	      Perform reads asynchronously. This is the default

	      Perform all reads (even read-ahead) synchronously.

	      The default behavior is that if an open  file  is	 deleted,  the
	      file  is	renamed	 to  a hidden file (.fuse_hiddenXXX), and only
	      removed when the file is finally released.   This	 relieves  the
	      filesystem  implementation  of having to deal with this problem.
	      This option disables the hiding behavior, and files are  removed
	      immediately  in  an  unlink  operation (or in a rename operation
	      which overwrites an existing file).

	      It is recommended that you not use the hard_remove option.  When
	      hard_remove  is  set,  the  following  libc  functions  fail  on
	      unlinked files (returning errno of ENOENT):  read(2),  write(2),
	      fsync(2),	 close(2),  f*xattr(2),	 ftruncate(2),	fstat(2), fch‐
	      mod(2), fchown(2)

       debug  Turns on debug information printing by the library.

	      Sets the filesystem  source  (first  field  in  /etc/mtab).  The
	      default is the mount program name.

	      Sets the filesystem type (third field in /etc/mtab). The default
	      is the mount program name. If the kernel suppports it, /etc/mtab
	      and /proc/mounts will show the filesystem type as fuse.TYPE

	      If the kernel doesn't support subtypes, the source filed will be
	      TYPE#NAME, or if fsname option is not specified, just TYPE.

	      Honor  the  st_ino  field	 in  kernel  functions	getattr()  and
	      fill_dir().  This	 value	is used to fill in the st_ino field in
	      the stat(2), lstat(2), fstat(2) functions and the d_ino field in
	      the readdir(2) function. The filesystem does not have to guaran‐
	      tee uniqueness, however some applications	 rely  on  this	 value
	      being unique for the whole filesystem.

	      If  use_ino  option is not given, still try to fill in the d_ino
	      field in readdir(2). If the name was previously looked  up,  and
	      is  still	 in  the  cache,  the inode number found there will be
	      used. Otherwise it will be set to	 -1.   If  use_ino  option  is
	      given, this option is ignored.

	      Allows  mounts  over  a  non-empty file or directory. By default
	      these  mounts are rejected to prevent accidental covering up  of
	      data, which could for example prevent automatic backup.

	      Override	the  permission bits in st_mode set by the filesystem.
	      The resulting permission bits are	 the  ones  missing  from  the
	      given umask value.  The value is given in octal representation.

       uid=N  Override the st_uid field set by the filesystem (N is numeric).

       gid=N  Override the st_gid field set by the filesystem (N is numeric).

       blkdev Mount  a	filesystem backed by a block device.  This is a privi‐
	      leged option. The device must be specified with the  fsname=NAME

	      The  timeout  in	seconds for which name lookups will be cached.
	      The default is 1.0 second. For all the timeout  options,	it  is
	      possible to give fractions of a second as well (e.g. entry_time‐

	      The timeout in seconds for  which	 a  negative  lookup  will  be
	      cached.  This  means, that if file did not exist (lookup retuned
	      ENOENT), the lookup will only be redone after the	 timeout,  and
	      the file/directory will be assumed to not exist until then.  The
	      default is 0.0 second, meaning that caching negative lookups are

	      The  timeout  in seconds for which file/directory attributes are
	      cached.  The default is 1.0 second.

	      The timeout in seconds for which file attributes are cached  for
	      the purpose of checking if auto_cache should flush the file data
	      on  open. The default is the value of attr_timeout

       intr   Allow requests to be interrupted.	 Turning on  this  option  may
	      result  in  unexpected behavior, if the filesystem does not sup‐
	      port request interruption.

	      Specify which signal number to send to  the  filesystem  when  a
	      request is interrupted.  The default is hardcoded to USR1.

	      Add  modules to the filesystem stack.  Modules are pushed in the
	      order they are specified, with the original filesystem being  on
	      the bottom of the stack.

       Modules	are  filesystem stacking support to high level API. Filesystem
       modules can be built into libfuse or loaded from shared object

       Perform file name character set conversion.  Options are:

	      Character set to convert from (see iconv -l for a list of possi‐
	      ble values). Default is UTF-8.

	      Character	 set to convert to.  Default is determined by the cur‐
	      rent locale.

       Prepend a given directory to each path. Options are:

	      Directory to prepend to all paths.  This option is mandatory.

	      Transform absolute symlinks into relative

	      Do not transform absolute symlinks into relative.	 This  is  the

       The  fusermount program is installed set-user-gid to fuse. This is done
       to allow users from fuse group to mount their own filesystem  implemen‐
       tations.	  There	 must however be some limitations, in order to prevent
       Bad User from doing nasty things.  Currently those limitations are:

       1.     The user can only mount on a mountpoint, for which it has	 write

       2.     The  mountpoint  is  not a sticky directory which isn't owned by
	      the user (like /tmp usually is)

       3.     No other user (including root) can access the  contents  of  the
	      mounted filesystem.

       FUSE  filesystems are unmounted using the fusermount(1) command (fuser‐
       mount -u mountpoint).

       The main author of FUSE is Miklos Szeredi <>.

       This   man   page   was	 written   by	 Bastien    Roucaries	 <rou‐>	 for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution
       (but it may be used by others) from README file.

       fusermount(1) mount(8)


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