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Why mount requires root

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – Why does Linux require that a user be root/using sudo/specifically authorized per mount in order to mount something? It seems like the decision as to whether to allow a user to mount something should be based on their access rights to the source volume/network share and to the mount point. A couple of uses for non-root mounting are mounting file-system images to a user owned direction and mounting a network share to a user owned directory. It seems like if the user has control over both sides of the mount equation everything should be cool. Clarification of access restriction: I feel I shoul (HowTos)