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    Drive in /etc/fstab not mounting

    Could anybody kindly help me with this curious problem? I have two external usb drives specified in /etc/fstab my Kubuntu 9.04 system, viz:

    # External ext3 250 GB USB drive mounted as ext3backup
    UUID=0e6fb1ec-8847-4214-8834-1de48a9fb37a /media/ext3backup ext3 user 1 0
    # External ext3 120 GB USB drive mounted as ext3backup2
    UUID=485f3260-d7be-4765-ae0d-43c5d9226546 /media/ext3backup2 ext3 user 1 0

    I have been using this for c. 1 year, and the drives mounted automatically at boot (and through several versions of Ubuntu and/or Kubuntu). However, the drives are no longer automatically mounted (the UUIDs are still correct, I have checked), but I can mount them using partitionmanager. I am not entirely sure whether this broke when I moved to Kubuntu 9.04 (a fresh install) or shortly before.

    Could anyone help solve this mystery (mounting manually is a chore, and if I forget to do it by backup system to these disks can't run)?

    With thanks!
    Aridus

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    Re: Drive in /etc/fstab not mounting

    Can you run this command and post back the errors it prints?
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    sudo mount -a

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    Re: Drive in /etc/fstab not mounting

    Ran sudo mount -a before drives are mounted, and there is no output.
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    Re: Drive in /etc/fstab not mounting

    Quote Originally Posted by aridus View Post
    Ran sudo mount -a before drives are mounted, and there is no output.

    Did you cd into the mount point to see if they were mounted after that?

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    Re: Drive in /etc/fstab not mounting

    Sorry, should have said: yes, after running sudo mount -a the drives are mounted and I can access the files.
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    Re: Drive in /etc/fstab not mounting

    I might be wrong but shouldn't "auto" be added as an option to each line in order to have the drives automounted on each boot?

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    Re: Drive in /etc/fstab not mounting

    My /etc/fstab file for reference.

    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
    proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
    # /dev/sda5
    UUID=645d5f36-fbc1-4830-908e-191a1ea3db0a / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
    # /dev/sda6
    UUID=3dcd7971-2645-44fc-8806-cbc50e9e2c23 /home ext3 relatime 0 2
    # /dev/sda7
    UUID=cca56f8c-1548-4fcf-8e1a-a31138174d2a none swap sw 0 0
    /dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

    /dev/sda1 /media/windows vfat iocharset=utf8,umask=000 0 0

    Also, this is a good read https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Fstab
    Last edited by rajeev1204; April 27th, 2009 at 02:56 PM.

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    Re: Drive in /etc/fstab not mounting

    everthing in the fstab is automatically mounted at the boot time .

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    Re: Drive in /etc/fstab not mounting

    Damn my cdrom is not being picked up.
    Last edited by rajeev1204; April 27th, 2009 at 03:07 PM.

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    Re: Drive in /etc/fstab not mounting

    Quote Originally Posted by me.translucent View Post
    everthing in the fstab is automatically mounted at the boot time .
    not when 'noauto' is present

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