Auto-mounting partitions and Fstab

Manu Järvinen
Jan 16, 2017 · 3 min read

Here I mentioned about the Work and Storage partitions I use. And in here I went through how to set them up during the installation of a distro.

In this article I tell how these mount-points can be made and auto-mounted if the distro is already installed and also a little bit about the File Systems Table or Fstab.

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In this article I go through how to make the /work and /storage partitions if the distro is already installed

Auto-mounting partitions

So far in my experience the best application for auto-mounting partitions has been gnome-disk-utility (called Disks or gnome-disks in some systems). With this it’s easy to:

  • Add mount-points for partitions (like /work)
  • Make partitions to auto-mount on startup
  • Make some of the partitions invisible in the user interface, which clears up the clutter nicely in file managers, for example

Another, less popular graphical disk mount-point manager is pysdm.

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gnome-disk-utility or gnome-disks

If you add mount-points for partitions (like /work), you may need to first create that folder (can’t remember if I did it or not). Do it by so in Terminal:

# Creating a folder for the /work mount-point:sudo mkdir /work

If you can’t create files or folders to the root of /work, you need to give your user some rights to do that:

# Adding user rights for user mj for the /work mount-point:sudo chown mj /work

File Systems Table or Fstab

# Open fstab file in the Nano text editor with root privileges:sudo nano /etc/fstab

Delete the last lines that seem right, close and save (ctrl+X, Y, enter) the file, restart the computer and start over.

Once my fstab was a bit messed up (I wonder why… :P), that really made the GUI programs like gnome-disk-utility to not work well. It was easily fixed by removing some of those extra lines.

Here is an image of my fstab file:

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Here it is again with some comments:

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Auto-mounting network locations


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