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Old 11-08-2009, 12:32 AM   #1
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Post Difference between the MOUNTING files

Hi folks,

I'm new to linux,so i'm confused with MOUNTING files. Can anyone please give differences and unique functions of the FSTAB, MTAB, /PROC/MTAB files.

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Old 11-08-2009, 12:47 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by arooooon View Post
/etc/fstab contains marching orders for your linux installation...what filesystems to mount and how/when/where to mount them. fstab is your friend : )

/etc/mtab is the town crier, telling you what is mounted and where.

/proc is a very important source of configuration and process information, but you really don't want to go there if you are a Newbie.
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Originally Posted by wfh View Post

/proc is a very important source of configuration and process information, but you really don't want to go there if you are a Newbie.
You probably don't want to go there, if you are newbie, but largely because you won't understand at least half of it. Its not too dangerous if you regard it as read-only (never, ever write to it or change anything there) but there isn't any point in going there for anything that you are likely to want to do.

You almost always will find some tool that gives you information that you can understand (you may be able to understand, after you have read and re-read the man page), so you should start from there.

'man fstab' is a good place to start.


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