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LinuxWorld.com.au: Mounting file systems

Feb 17, 2001, 13:34 (1 Talkback[s])
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"One of the strengths of Linux is its support for a variety of file systems. The default file system for Linux is the second extended file system, or ext2. When you install Linux, the root and other partitions will be formatted with the ext2 file system. "Mounted" is the term given to file systems that are currently in use on a given system whether it is a hard drive or external devices such as floppy disks and CD-ROMs."

"To determine which file systems are presently in use by your system, type:

$ mount 
at a command prompt. This will display all the mounted file systems in terms of the device, file system type and the mount point. The mount point is the local directory that is assigned to a file system during the process of mounting."

"In order to use floppy disks and CD-ROMs you must mount them first. Login as root and start by making three directories that will be used as mount points:

$ mkdir /floppy /cdrom /win 
However, your system may already have two such directories under the /mnt directory for this purpose, i.e., /mnt/floppy /mnt/cdrom."

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