[ubuntu-uk] Symlinking to USB hard drives

Anton Piatek anton at piatek.co.uk
Tue Oct 5 19:11:03 BST 2010

I use devices by id in my fstab to have unique mount points. Have a browse
through /dev/ when the disk is connected


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On 5 Oct 2010 18:55, "Glen Mehn" <glen.mehn at oba.co.uk> wrote:
> On 04/10/10 20:25, Neil Greenwood wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I have a couple of matched USB hard drives that I use as part of my
>> backup strategy. At the moment they both have the same label, so they
>> end up mounted at /media/backup. But this means I can't easily tell
>> which drive is which, and when I plug the second in, it gets mounted
>> at /media/backup_.
>> I'd like to re-label the drives to backup1 and backup2, but then have
>> a symlink automatically created at /media/backup to whichever drive
>> was first plugged in. I think I need to use a udev rule, but other
>> than that I'm not sure.
>> Does anyone have any ideas?
> Hi Neil,
> You can rename partitions in parted or gparted, which should sort it out
> for you. Then in your backup script, put something like:
> if test -d /mounts/backup1
> do ln -s /mounts/backup1 /mounts/backup
> elif test -d /mounts/backup2
> do ln -s /mounts backup2 /mounts/backup
> else print "neither backup mount point exists, exiting"; exit 1
> Does that make sense?
> Best,
> Glen
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