View Full Version : [ubuntu] mount listed in fstab not ready

March 29th, 2010, 08:46 PM
Hi, I recently put my /home folder on a separate partition (sda3), by following these instructions: www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/separatehome (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/separatehome).

All went well (after I chmod-ed the permissions for .ICEauthority), except that now during the boot sequence I get this message:

"One or more of the mounts listed in fstab cannot yet be mounted.
Waiting for sda3
press Esc to enter a recovery shell"

Two or three seconds later, the boot continues, and sda3 mounts - when the system comes up, /home is fully read/writeable.

Can anyone tell me why fstab can't see my new partition from the start?


FYI, my fstab looks like this (I don't know why there are commented-out lines - I guess it was when I upgraded from 9.04 to 9.10 - I did an 'upgrade', not 'fresh install').
I'm not sure what difference the 'nodev' and 'nosuid' parameters are in the last new line - I was just following the instructions, but quick searching suggest this is not the problem.

I'd be grateful for any help.

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'vol_id --uuid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=7965dc5c-001c-4221-a273-45a9e12e1179 / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=908f4a24-f843-4209-b39b-734ba36cfe48 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
/dev/sda3 /home ext3 nodev,nosuid 0 2

March 29th, 2010, 08:50 PM
Not all that sure about ur prob but i had a similar problem, said swap was missing, some UUID error

so i put in blkid in the terminal got the UUID for the swap partition and put it back in fstab, if u have a similar thing or jus want to check out what my prob was, here is the link

March 30th, 2010, 02:43 PM
Thanks for the reply, nitstorm.

I don't think the problem is the same - your swap partition was not recognized by your machine even after you created it because it wasn't in your fstab file - once you listed it in fstab, it ran fine.

My partition IS listed in fstab, but the system doesn't see it on boot. I get:

"One or more of the mounts listed in fstab cannot yet be mounted. Waiting for sda3"

..for a few seconds before it comes up as normal.

Anyone got any suggestions? Is it something to do with Grub - or some other part of the boot process?

April 1st, 2010, 10:19 PM
anyone? :-)

April 1st, 2010, 11:20 PM
Did you add it to fstab yourself? Do you want it to mount or just show up in Under Places drop down unmounted but
ready to mount if need be.

April 2nd, 2010, 11:41 AM
I did add it manually, as per the instructions I followed:

I want it to mount normally - because my /home is on it.

The weird thing is that it DOES mount, but only after the boot message:
"One or more of the mounts listed in fstab cannot yet be mounted. Waiting for sda3"

I don't understand why this is happening. I suppose my worry is that it has some problem if it's not mounting properly.


April 2nd, 2010, 09:25 PM
You know if I were you I would start a new thread and ask if someone would
post there fstab with a /home installed on a partition.
You can then see what it looks like and if yours is right. I do not have a seperate /home so have nothing to compare yours with.

If it is not mounted on desktop do these lines of code mount it?

sudo mkdir /media/home (make a directory)
sudo mount /dev/sda3 /media/home (mount the partition)

sudo umount /media/home (to unmount not a typo umount is right)