I have a encrypted sparsebundle and I want to mount to to a folder in my home directory and not under /Volumes. How can I do that?
You might also be interested in http://blog.marc-seeger.de/2011/02/06/encrypted-diskimages-in-osx/ which explains step by step how to set up auto-mount to the specified mount point:
mountto identify the disk device (
diskutil info /dev/diskNsn | grep UUIDto get the UUID
sudo vifsto add a line to
UUID=whatever-you-noted-before /path/to/mountpoint hfs rw 1 0
Add your disk image to your login items to have it automatically mounted on
/path/to/mountpointat the next login
hdiutil attach /Volumes/ATimeMachine/Pictures/iPhoto\ Library.sparsebundle -mountpoint ~/iPho
If this command is successful you should see something like:
/dev/disk3 Apple_partition_scheme /dev/disk3s1 Apple_partition_map /dev/disk3s2 Apple_Driver43 /dev/disk3s3 Apple_Driver43 /dev/disk3s4 Apple_Driver_ATA /dev/disk3s5 Apple_Driver_ATA /dev/disk3s6 Apple_FWDriver /dev/disk3s7 Apple_Driver_IOKit /dev/disk3s8 Apple_Patches /dev/disk3s9 Apple_HFS /Users/me/iPho
iPhoto Library.sparsebundle is on a DroboFS (NAS) and is a 500G "hard disk" image formatted MacOS HFS journaled
hdiutil command mounts the image under my home directory. I tired to mount it on top of the original iPhoto Library, but the original was still visible in there after mounting, so I changed the name of the mount point to
iPho instead. Then I decided it didn't really matter where the mount point was, it would be fine under
/Volumes as long as
iPhoto.app knows where it is.
iPhoto.app to launch it with a prompt to create a new library, and I did that in the mounted disk image. Then import all photos (previously managed with Picasa under a
~/Pictures directory tree) on my hard drive into iPhoto, which copies them into the mounted image, which resides on the NAS where it has some fault tolerance because of the DroboFS. This also frees up half the space on my small 500G SSD drive in the MacBook Air.
Just wanted to point out the -mountroot option:
hdiutil attach -mountroot ~ path/to/image.sparsebundle
In this case, it would be mounted to
Also note that with the -mountroot option, if
~/image already exists, it would automatically append the mountpoint and instead mount the volume to, for example,
A word of caution: be sure you do not confuse the
-mountroot option with with the
-mountpoint option. This would cause the volume to be mounted in place of your home directory!