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Controlling Your Linux System With fstab

Apr 22, 2010, 14:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Akkana Peck)

"The /etc/fstab file gives you control over what filesystems are mounted at startup on your Linux system, including Windows partitions and network shares. You can also use it to control the mount points of removable storage devices like USB sticks and external hard disks. Akkana Peck shows us how.

"/etc/fstab -- it's there on every Linux computer, controlling which filesystems get mounted where.

"Its manual page, man fstab, begins with this snippet:

"fstab is only read by programs, and not written; it is the duty of the system administrator to properly create and maintain this file.

"Fortunately, they're fibbing. These days fstab is usually created for you by an installer or other program. So don't get too worried about your "duty".

"However, if you want to delve into fstab, it's easy to understand and modify."

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