Check if directory mounted with bash


I am using

mount -o bind /some/directory/here /foo/bar

I want to check /foo/bar though with a bash script, and see if its been mounted? If not, then call the above mount command, else do something else. How can I do this?

CentOS is the operating system.

This question is tagged with linux bash centos mount

~ Asked on 2012-02-23 22:32:05

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Running the mount command without arguments will tell you the current mounts. From a shell script, you can check for the mount point with grep and an if-statement:

if mount | grep /mnt/md0 > /dev/null; then
    echo "yay"
    echo "nay"

In my example, the if-statement is checking the exit code of grep, which indicates if there was a match. Since I don't want the output to be displayed when there is a match, I'm redirecting it to /dev/null.

~ Answered on 2012-02-23 23:12:11


You didn't bother to mention an O/S.

Ubuntu Linux 11.10 (and probably most up-to-date flavors of Linux) have the mountpoint command.

Here's an example on one of my servers:

$ mountpoint /oracle
/oracle is a mountpoint
$ mountpoint /bin
/bin is not a mountpoint

Actually, in your case, you should be able to use the -q option, like this:

mountpoint -q /foo/bar || mount -o bind /some/directory/here /foo/bar

Hope that helps.

~ Answered on 2012-02-23 22:49:19

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