Peeking at the contents of a mount point

Kevin O'Gorman kogorman at
Thu Sep 13 04:24:34 UTC 2012

On Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM, Karl Auer <kauer at> wrote:
> On Wed, 2012-09-12 at 17:44 +0200, Patrick Asselman wrote:
>> If you had files in /mnt and they are hidden due to something mounted
>> on /mnt then doing
>> mount --bind / /all
>> should show the original files under /all/mnt/
> Oh, very good! It does too! Nice one.
> Regards, K.

Oh!  You're right!  I tried with fresh directories, and it worked!  So
I went back to figure out why I didn't think so at first.

I was trying to peek under /dev, and it seemed to fail because the
hidden stuff looks the same as the fake file system!

Kevin O'Gorman

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