Originally Posted by pda_h4x0r
The auto mounter will dynamically assign device files to new hardware as they are connected.
No, it won't. Udev is responsible for creating device nodes for newly connected hardware. Any auto-mounting software doesn't get into the picture until after
device nodes have already been assigned.
Originally Posted by bondoq
what the different between the auto mounter and /etc/fstab
For the record, there's no such thing as the
auto mounter. There are lots of ways to automatically mount filesystems. In fact, I've personally used at least four different ways. Some are related to fstab, some aren't. If you want any meaningful comparison, you're going to have to at least specify which
auto-mounting system you're talking about.