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All About Linux: /etc/fstab Demystified

Feb 22, 2006, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Ever wonder how Linux automatically mount all or many of your partitions at boot time? It does so by reading the parameters from the /etc/fstab file. If you view the /etc/fstab file on your machine, you will find that the data in each row is segregated into 6 columns. They are as follows:

  1. "Filesystem--This is the device file. It could be your hard disk, cdrom, floppy, or a partition in your hard disk.
  2. "Mount point--This is the place (usually a directory) where you want your data from the device file to be made available..."

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