In one system I have the following file system organization.


Above /scratch/user1/ is accessible to all systems on the network, but /home/user1/ is not. I want to make MyDocs accessible too. How do I do that without creating a copy?

I tired creating symlink MyDocs in /scratch/user1/ but that seems not to help when accessed from remote systems.

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The reason that a symlink doesn't work is that a symlink basically just says "hey, you need to look in '/home/user1/MyDocs' instead. And since that's not accessible, that's not going to work.

One way is to do the linking the other way around, i.e. make /scratch/user1 a real directory and then symlink that to /home/user1/MyDocs.

Another one is to remount it using --bind, like this:

mount --bind /home/user1/MyDocs /scratch/user1

But you really want to read the man page for mount thoroughly before trying that.


Be careful with this command, and read about it before using it:

mount --bind olddir newdir

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