Bug 242399 - [FAQ] Information in "man mount" is incomplete
[FAQ] Information in "man mount" is incomplete
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: util-linux-ng (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Karel Zak
Ben Levenson
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Blocks: 435246
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Reported: 2007-06-03 21:39 EDT by Răzvan Sandu
Modified: 2008-03-13 06:15 EDT (History)
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Description Răzvan Sandu 2007-06-03 21:39:55 EDT
Description of problem:


Since passing to the new method of having a dynamic /dev (udev), information in
"man mount" is incomplete.

Describing a mounting process simply as:

mount -t type device dir

is not satisfactory, since one cannot know in advance the "device" denomination.

For quick reference, "man mount" should describe the canonical way of mounting a
drive in command-line mode, including a method of quickly discovering the
"device" name.


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Actual results:
"man mount" doesn't include  all information which is necessary to mount a drive
in text mode.

Expected results:
"man mount" should describe the canonical way of mounting a drive in
command-line mode, including a method of quickly discovering the "device" name.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Karel Zak 2007-09-20 18:13:31 EDT
Use LABELS or UUIDs. Also.. there are /dev/disk/by-* symlinks.
Comment 2 Răzvan Sandu 2007-10-08 03:10:39 EDT
Sorry, but I won't conside this "fixed" until someone doesn't point to some more
extensive documentation/procedure.

"mount -t type device dir" used to be a *simple* task. Now, without a quick
reference in the man page, viewing a CD or a floppy in text mode requires a
degree in Computer Science... ?  ;-)

Comment 3 Karel Zak 2008-01-23 08:05:06 EST
Well, I'll add some note about blkid(8), vol_id(8) and /dev/disk/by-* to the
mount man page.
Comment 4 Răzvan Sandu 2008-02-28 02:43:31 EST

Could you please point me to a step-by-step procedure for mounting a CD/DVD ?

Imagine the following situation:

1. I connect to some machine remotely.
2. I know *nothing* about the remote hardware (names of drives, labels, etc.)
3. I have a disk in the remote DVD drive.
4. I want to mount the disk via ssh and copy its content on the HDD.

How do I do ? Pliiiiiiiz... It used to be *simple*: mount device dir.

Now ?
We (users) simply don't want (or have time) to read details about the filesystem
structure and philosophy just to mount a disk...

Thank you,
Comment 5 Karel Zak 2008-03-13 06:15:13 EDT
mount /dev/cdrom /mointpoint

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