I have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and I tried to upgrade to Ubuntu 12.10. When I clicked in the Update Manager Upgrade a messagebox apeared:

Can not run the upgrade. This usually is caused by a system where /tmp is mounted noexec. Please remount without noexec and run the upgrade again.

I tried to make /tmp executable in Terminal with the following command:

mount -o remount,exec /tmp /var/tmp

I pressed Enter and I got the following message from Terminal:

mount: only root can do that

What should I do now to make /tmp executable and upgrade the OS.

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    Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Could you include the output of cat /proc/mounts in your question? To be sure about the configuration on your system. – gertvdijk Jun 22 '13 at 14:28
  • You need to mount it as root using the sudo command like this sudo mount -o remount,exec /tmp /var/tmp – Scott Goodgame Jun 22 '13 at 15:11

You must to have root privileges. For this, put sudo in front of the command:

sudo mount -o remount,exec /tmp

When you are asked about password, just insert your usual user password.

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    This command doesn't work for me. Instead I get a : "mount: /tmp not mounted or bad option" error – Dark Star1 Apr 14 '14 at 21:21
  • It does not work for me either. – Andrew Thaddeus Martin Aug 3 '16 at 17:23

Would you try this command? In my case, this worked.

sudo mount -t tmpfs -o exec tmpfs /tmp

and then, check if it worked.


Privileges and permissions in linux can be confusing. I recommend reading this before you start using sudo. Once you understand the difference between root, sudo, and normal user, you'll have a much better grasp of why this error happened (and *nix in general). See also the man pages for chown and chmod.

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