Re: USB external hard drive -- mounting
- Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:19:15 -0700
- From: "James H. H. Lampert" <jamesl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: USB external hard drive -- mounting
On 8/28/17, 4:07 PM, Ben Caradoc-Davies wrote:
I am not sure about the background automounting, but I get consistent
mount points and mount settings with entries like these in /etc/fstab:
LABEL=Backup /media/backup ext4
noatime,noauto,user,errors=remount-ro 0 0
. . .
The above lines give me fixed mount points based on filesystem labels
(LABEL). . .
That got me started on an idea, even before I undertake anything with
fstab. Thanks, Mr. Caradoc-Davies.
First, I was able to relabel the drive as a suitably generic
"ExternalHD," and when I unplugged it and plugged it back in, it mounted
(albeit still under a user-specific, auto-created mount point) as that
With the drive automounted, I did a "umount" on it, created a mount
point for it (directly in /media, and available to everybody, for now,
at least), and then did a "mount" at the new mount point. It mounted
successfully in that user-neutral location, and is available to any
Of course, if I then unmount it, pull the plug, and plug it back in,
without an fstab entry, it auto-mounts to a created mount point in the
user's subdirectory of /media, but at least the mount point I created
doesn't go bye-bye, so that's a start.
But I still need all the help I can get understanding this.