Mount USB HDD to a certain /media/folder after boot

Mario Vukelic mario.vukelic at
Sun May 25 07:34:31 UTC 2008

On Sun, 2008-05-25 at 14:56 +0800, SYNass IT Ubuntu / Linux wrote:
> ... I am not alone with this problem: There must be something as we say:
> Where smoke is ...
> ... there mus be fire too !? ;-)

Maybe. If my USB disks didn't mount when I plug them in, I would start
by looking at the log files. E.g., I'd run "tail -f /var/log/messages" -
this always shows the last few lines from this log file. Then I would
plug in the disk and check this output

> 1) Some of us are experts and everything gets automatic and smooth ;-)
> 2) Some of us are greenhorns and newbies and things do not get automatic
> and smooth ;-(

Well, but since AFAICT no user input whatsoever is needed to make
external USB disks mount automatically (at least as long as one runs the
Desktop version of Ubuntu; otherwise there is, however, still a better
method than mucking with fstab), I don't see why it should work
differently for (1) and (2)

> Unfortunately I am among the 2nd ! ;-|

This will change :)

> >  ... They are mounted automatically ...
> Well, with long years of experience in IT I know to good working now and
> today does not mean working for ever and everywhere too ;-))

Certainly. But in such a case one should first figure out the cause for
why it does not behave as expected, instead of immediately falling into
wild activity, changing config files left and right ;)

> Here we are at 8.04 resp 7.10 ! ;-D

Yeah, time flies.

> Enjoy a nice Sunday perhaps with F1 in Monaco this afternoon !?

Thanks, and certainly. F1 is not what it once was, unfortunately, but I
am still interested in it and perfectly able to spend a sunny and warm
Sunday not outside, but at home in front of the video projector ;)
Though I will make up for it by going for a big breakfast in the sun
now. See you later.

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