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Old 02-23-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
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Question Is it possible to make a system only mount specific uuid's?

I'm not sure if this is the best section to post this question but I am wondering if it is possible to make my system mount only specific uuid's. For instance if I were to make a list of the uuid's of my devices and store it somewhere on my system could I make it so that my system would only mount the devices with those uuid's and ignore any other devices? Let me know if I need to attempt to explain better.
Old 02-23-2013, 09:53 PM   #2
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Your /etc/fstab would look like this:
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
proc            /proc           proc    defaults        0       0
# /dev/sda3       /               ext3    errors=remount-ro 0       1
UUID=bf8c8574-0f87-4e5f-b6dc-5556717422a8       /               ext3    errors=remount-ro 0       1
# /dev/sda6       /home           ext3    defaults        0       2
UUID=3e3e8e5b-55d5-4ad6-9b83-1d65e1daeeee       /home           ext3    defaults        0       2
# /dev/sda7       /usr            ext3    defaults        0       2
UUID=4489365e-ca85-47eb-879d-c887a9490e16       /usr            ext3    defaults        0       2
# /dev/sda8       /var            ext3    defaults        0       2
UUID=4285d595-b920-4100-a449-30a7b0a5c812       /var            ext3    defaults        0       2
# /dev/sda9       /movies         ext3    defaults        0       2
UUID=64fb12d8-1ace-44d2-be6d-6bb331f2ec82       /movies         ext3    defaults        0       2
# /dev/sda5       none            swap    sw              0       0
UUID=39949c15-6db9-4a7a-afca-912165f30fe4       none            swap    sw              0       0
Note the comment '#' before /dev/sdaN

Obviously your partitions, mount points and UUIDs are different. You obtain the UUIDs with the blkid command.

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Old 02-25-2013, 04:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Seems to be working for me. :-)
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You can add noauto to have them NOT auto mount on boot. Probably safer than having a commented / missing entry in /etc/fstab. Unless you add user or group, only root should have the option to mount them. But root has the option to do that even if they are not in the /etc/fstab.

The blkid plus UUID route is definitely the way to go. My desktop flip flops the dev names on my drives because I have an older machine with a mixture if IDE (pata) and SATA drives. And if you boot with a usb stick plugged in, it gets a different /dev/ name than if you plug it in after booting.


mount, restrict, uuid

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