I wonder if any one knows what processes might modify the /etc/fstab file? Alternately, how I can track modifications to this file?
I have found my /etc/fstab file modified twice now, by some process not explicitly asked to modify it by me. The first time, I was mounting and unmounting my USB camera over the course of several hours while taking photographs, uploading them, and writing synopses. Unexpectely after one photo shoot I couldn't mount the camera, because /etc/fstab didn't list the camera's mount point. Once I figured out what the correct settings were, I copied the fstab into a backup and printed it to be sure I wouldn't have to do the research again.
The new fstab worked well for several months, until a few days ago when it was modified again. Some of my comments are still there, but they don't describe the lines the follow them very well. I can and will restore the fstab from the backup, but now I'd like to know what is modifying it. Aside from writing a script to monitor the file for any changes, are there any other logs or monitoring that I should look at to help figure out where these modifications are coming from? I should note that I have been using three USB devices in the same two USB slots: Fuji PinePix and Logitech Quickcam cameras and my trusty USB portable memory drive.
I am posting this in the Mandrake forum because someone said it might be a Mandrake program that is trying to maintain the fstab. I am running Mandrake 9.2, and was avoiding upgrading "because it works".
Suggestions would be gladly appreciated!!