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CompTIA® Linux+ / LPIC-1 Cert Guide: (Exams LX0-103 & LX0-104/101-400 & 102-400) by Sean Walberg, Ross Brunson

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The Filesystem Table

The filesystem table, /etc/fstab, is a configuration file that tells the system which mounts it should know about. While the administrator can always mount a filesystem manually, having the mount described in fstab ensures that it happens when the system boots and that the correct options are used every time.

An added bonus of using fstab is that when you provide only the mount point or device when manually mounting, the fstab file is consulted to determine the rest of the information, including mount options.

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Filesystems should be set up in /etc/fstab, one per line. Any mounted filesystem, whether or not it is in fstab is ...

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