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November 30th, 2008, 11:52 PM
Im new to the linux operating system and to Ubuntu. I have my SAMBA SERVER SYSTEM setup using an Athlon 1800+ on a ASUS A7N266-C motherboard. The system hard drive is an 80G hard drive and is now sda1.

I plan to add 3 additional IDE hard drives to this system.

sda1 ubuntu8.04 Server Edition -- 80g
sdb1 - Music -- 250g
sdb2 - Photos -- 250g
sdc1 Movies - 750g
sdd1 TV Recordings - 500g

Looking at this article:


/media - mounted (or loaded) devices such as cdroms, digital cameras, etc.
/mnt - mounted file systems

It seems to me that it will be adequate to mount these new drives in either /mnt or /media, but /mnt would be my preferred directory. Anyone with a similar setup care to comment on their setup. The sole purpose of the server is to stream music, photos and movies throughout the house.



December 1st, 2008, 03:23 PM
That seems somewhat wrong to me. I believe Ubuntu follows the filesystem hierarchy standard, where /mnt is for temporarily mounted file systems and /media is for mounting removable media. For what you want to do, following the FHS, I would say everything should be mounted under /srv. I prefer to have subdirectories under /srv denote services provided (ftp, www, smb, etc.) but there's no standard for that. You could probably do /srv/photos/, /srv/music/, etc.

That's of course if you want to follow the standard. Nothing prevents you from making new directories under /media or /mnt and mounting everything there. I admit to breaking the standard by forcing my USB key to mount in a directory inside my home directory :)

December 1st, 2008, 03:29 PM
Sounds fine to me. Stuff mounted in /media gets a shortcut automatically added to the desktop. Not sure about /mnt. Guess I should try it. anyway as jgoguen says Ubuntu more or less follows the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (http://www.pathname.com/fhs/pub/fhs-2.3.html)

December 1st, 2008, 04:01 PM
you can mount it wherever you want :) however I would put it all into /media :)

December 2nd, 2008, 03:39 PM
Jgoguen, louieb and hyper_ch

THANK YOU for your replies and comments. Im new to this and wasnt aware yet of the Filesystem Hierarchy System. Another thanks to louieb for that suggestion. I will read it and ponder each suggestion.

I havent looked at UBUNTU STUDIO, anyone using Ubuntu Studio care to comment on what directory they used to stored and mount their movies, TV shows, photos and music.

THANKS again.