How do I Automount an Hard dRive in my Computer in Ubuntu?

Ralf Mardorf silver.bullet at
Sun Nov 29 12:37:18 UTC 2015

On Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:39:27 +0000, Colin Law wrote:
>I have never used it but it looks to me as if gnome-disks is just a
>gui interface into fstab.

I don't know if it can be used as a GUI to edit fstab, if so, it's not
only a GUI for fstab, it is mixed with udisks and other "things".

Btw. if editing a file needs super special care, then Linux installs
provide special tools, visudo comes into one's mind. A typo or mistake
when editing fstab isn't the end of the world.

Nowhere it's mentioned that gnome-disks can be used to edit /etc/fstab.

Assumed it should be a user-friendly way to edit fstab, somebody experienced
with gnome-disks should edit the Wiki and Ubuntu help pages. Everybody
can get a Wiki and an Ubuntu One account and edit them.

However, even here it's unclear, if it's for editing fstab:

That fsck isn't mentioned might be, because it's automatically set to
the recommended 2. But "Show in user interface"? They mix fstab options
with options that aren't fstab related?

No doubt, it's possible and useful to be able to mount devices by
different techniques.

If a device should be mounted each time during startup (during boot) or
always when starting a user session on a single user machine, then fstab
is the appropriated way to mount this device.

As long as somebody need to request help regarding basics, it's wise to
follow advices to solve issues by standard techniques. If a system is
set up in a very unusual way, the user needs to be able to understand
the setup.

A last and additional note regarding Linux vs other operating systems.

It's wise to learn how to maintain and repair an install, even if X
shouldn't start and software such as gnome-disks can't be used. Nowadays
there perhaps isn't the need to know how to use vi(m), but at least how
to ues nano or another command line editor that is quasi maintained as
good as core components are.

There is no need to learn the basics, it's possible to use Ubuntu in the
same way proprietary operating systems are used, but a user should be
aware that using Linux by this approach is not that safe, as using a
proprietary operating system. To benefit from the advantages of Linux,
it's strongly recommended to learn the most fundamental basics. There's
no need to become a power-user, coder or professional admin, it's just
useful, if you drive a car, to be aware that turning of the motor, is
not a wise replacement for stepping on the breaks.

FWIW there seem to be reasons, that Ubuntu repositories provide GNOME
apps to not fit to one and the same version of GNOME, while GNOME
recommends to provide all GNOME apps, to fit to one and the same version
of GNOME. This is not a serious issue, as long as you don't build on
GNOME to maintain fundamental settings of your Linux install.


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