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Old 07-14-2008, 09:40 AM   #1
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fstab.order alternative in RHEL 5.x

What is the alternative for specifying the order to mount file systems in RHEL 5? Previous versions worked with fstab.order but it seems to be deprecated in the newer versions of linux.

In my case multiple devices have same label for their filesystems, so need to prioritize one of them to be picked by mount command. Thanks!
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You can use the UUID of device instead.
A fstab using UUID looks like:
[miguel@babylon5 ~]$ cat /etc/fstab
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 /                       ext3    defaults        1 1
UUID=1adad31c-b714-4c15-99bd-5981fb54335e /boot                   ext3    defaults        1 2
To get the UUID of a device, you can use lshal:
udi = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/volume_uuid_1adad31c_b714_4c15_99bd_5981fb54335e'
  block.device = '/dev/sdb1'  (string)
  volume.uuid = '1adad31c-b714-4c15-99bd-5981fb54335e'  (string)
PS: Of course you can always specify the device by its regular device name under /dev, i.e. "/dev/sdb1"...

PS2: Having a second thought about this, more than one filesystem with the same volume label it is not related to "mount order", so I'm confused now....

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Old 07-14-2008, 11:34 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply marozsas. We have a multipathing software such as PowerPath. So say /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc are multiple paths to same device, our multipathing software creates a device /dev/dpda that essentially uses any available path (sdb or sdc) to write on to the device. Now the problem is one of our customers wants to mount filesystems during boot time using labels (unfortunately they are not ready to use UUID). 'man mount' on RHEL 4 or equivalent shows the following

mount includes support for systems where same partition is shared between different devices (e.g. multipath kernel drivers). In particular case when mounting device by LABEL, mount command reports problem with duplicate labels. You can define priority of devices in file /etc/fstab.order as simple list of devices. The devices listed in this file have greater priority than odd devices. Devices in configuration file have descending priority.

fstab.order is depricated in RHEL 5 and so I can't find any. So what is equivalent to fstab.order?
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Looks like there is no other way, so got the customer convinced to use UUID based mounting. So it works fine and there is no necessity of fstab.order since unlike label, UUID is different for the multipathing device and the underlying fibre channel device(s).


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