I'm having a couple of issues with mounting drives in WSL (Win10 Linux Subsystem) -- see separate question about a mount error on a different drive.

I have a network share mounted on drive W: locally - and I have read/write access in Windows.

Mounting this drive with drvfs works fine:

$ sudo mount -t drvfs W: /mnt/w

But - when I want to access the drive:

( -/- ) e514678@K46290: ~ $ ls -l /mnt/w
ls: cannot access '/mnt/w/bar': Permission denied
ls: cannot access '/mnt/w/baz': Permission denied
ls: cannot access '/mnt/w/foo': Permission denied
total 0
d????????? ? ? ? ?            ? bar
d????????? ? ? ? ?            ? baz
d????????? ? ? ? ?            ? foo
( -/- ) e514678@K46290: ~ $

Again - on Windows I can access the drive, and the subdirectories on the drive. Mounted using drvfs, I can see the toplevel entries on the drive, but they seem to be missing user & permission information; and so I can't access any of the files from linux either.

Accessing files on a couple of other network shares works fine - but I'm stumped about what's different with this one.

Any ideas as to what might be different with this network volume? (Trying to mount it with specific uid/gid doesn't help: 'sudo mount -t drvfs -ouid=1000,gid=1000 W: /mnt/w' linux still can't access the drive -- with the same issue).

  • btw - has anyone else even seen this issue?
    – Torinarg
    May 21, 2019 at 18:21

1 Answer 1


I had the same issue.

I found WSL introduced /etc/wsl.conf since Windows Build 17093. Please read the details in here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/wsl-config#configure-per-distro-launch-settings-with-wslconf

This is a simple example that might fix your problem:

$ cat /etc/wsl.conf

I found the example above from here: WSL mounted file permissions

After creating or modifying the file, you need to restart WSL.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .