: /etc/mtab

Jacob Albretsen jakea at xmission.com
Thu Sep 19 11:36:17 MDT 2013

On Monday, September 16, 2013 03:44:42 PM Dan Egli wrote:
> *Hey pluggers, I'm in the middle of an argument with another Linux guy, so
> I'm hoping that you all can settle the argument once and for all. He and I
> were debating the criticality of various files in /etc to the immediate
> operation of a computer. Most we agree on, but he seems to be indicating
> that /etc/mtab is of higher import to the system than I think it is. Yes,
> it maintains a list of all file systems presently mounted. But if the file
> was ever altered other than by the kernel or the mount/umount commands,
> what would be the effect?*

Back in the old old Mandrake 8 and 9 days when I was still very new to Linux, 
I used to sometimes need to edit /etc/mtab to convince the system that we had 
indeed unmounted a CD so then we could then mount another one.  Mounting and 
unmounting media was a different game back then.

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