Automounting a USB hard disk in Ubuntu server - how?
cl at isbd.net
Tue Apr 29 14:36:44 BST 2008
On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 06:56:02AM -0600, Karl Larsen wrote:
> Chris G wrote:
> > I have an external USB hard disk connected to an Ubuntu server 7.10
> > system. What do I need to do (install something?) to get it to
> > automount?
> > It currently works quite happily with the following line in
> > /etc/fstab:-
> > /dev/sdb1 /backup ext3 user,noauto 0 0
> > but as it's quite slow to appear I can't remove the noauto I don't
> > think as the drive isn't yet there when the system is booted. In
> > addition it's not *guaranteed* to be /dev/sdb1.
> Take all that stuff you added to /etc/fstab out of the file. Let
> Ubuntu load it automatic and mine comes up fast as /media/disk. If you
> do not have an ext3 file system on the portable hard drive do it now.
The USB drive is already formatted ext3 and has backups on it (hence
I've taken the line above out of /etc/fstab, when I reboot the system
I see the following in dmesg:-
[ 20.424000] usb-storage: device scan complete
[ 20.424000] scsi 2:0:0:0: Direct-Access SAMSUNG HD501LJ PQ: 0 ANSI: 2 CCS
[ 20.424000] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
[ 20.424000] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[ 20.424000] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 38 00 00
[ 20.424000] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 20.428000] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] 976773168 512-byte hardware sectors (500108 MB)
[ 20.428000] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[ 20.428000] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 38 00 00
[ 20.428000] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 20.428000] sdb:<7>eth0: no IPv6 routers present
[ 24.696000] Installing knfsd (copyright (C) 1996 okir at monad.swb.de).
[ 24.820000] NFSD: Using /var/lib/nfs/v4recovery as the NFSv4 state recovery directory
[ 24.832000] NFSD: starting 90-second grace period
[ 27.856000] sdb1
[ 27.856000] sd 2:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI disk
[ 27.856000] sd 2:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg1 type 0
.... and then nothing. The disk doesn't get mounted, at least I can't
see it anywhere and 'mount' doesn't report anything.
I'm not convinced that things will get automounted (by default) in
Ubuntu Server, remember there isn't any GUI running.
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