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Well... I solved the problem by chgrp mount /bin/mount /bin/umount, mount being a dedicated group for those I want to be able to mount, and chmod +s the same files.
This works, but is not a very clean solution and doesn't really explain what I am doing wrong. The "user" in my fstab should be enough!! Anyone know why this happens?
Afherthought: It actually seems like this would be a BETTER solution than getting the user option to work, since then I can control WHO can mount, but there are other ways of doing this.... chown o-x mount for instance.
BTW, JW, the way I understand it, "users" does not mean any user can mount, it means any user can UNmount, regardless of who mounted to begin with. If you use "user", then only the mounter can unmount.