Originally Posted by NicholasA
I am using is Ubuntu Studio 7.04 on a multi-boot machine. My question is: is it possible to replace the UUID values in Ubuntu's /etc/fstab with /dev/sdaxx values without running into deep trouble? Every time I change one of the other distros, Ubuntu Studio will not run except by using Ctrl-D. This can be fixed by getting the correct UUID value with vol_id -u /dev/sdaxx and entering the correct UUID into Ubuntu's /etc/fstab, but it is a pain.
Using /dev/sdaxx is OK so long no hardware is changed - and that my include a memory stick! A safer and more transparent solution is to mount by label. Just label your partitions and replace the UUID=<hash name> by LABEL=<partition label name>.
There is another reason for this: on one of my PC's, kubuntu (feisty) thinks that my IDE disks are scsi and assigns the /dev/sdaxx and /dev/sdbxx to it. This gives rise to rather confusing differences between fstab's in different distro's on the same hdd. No problem to assign by the same label, though.