Removeable devices shouldn't be put into fstab

Bug #33512 reported by Jay Camp on 2006-03-03
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
partman-target (Ubuntu)
Colin Watson

Bug Description

Right now CD-ROM's and other removeable devices are being put into /etc/fstab. This is dynamic information that may change over time.

This is no longer needed since Nautilus is able to pull this information from HAL now to populate the computer:/ view and pmount handles the mounting.

I propose not putting this static information into /etc/fstab during install as I see no benefit from it.

Sitsofe Wheeler (sitsofe) wrote :

What about servers where people aren't using X/GNOME/KDE?

jt (jiri-klement) wrote :

I also think that putting static information about removable device is useless. People running servers without X/GNOME/KDE probably know how to use /etc/fstab. If not, they will have to learn it anyway after inserting usb flash disc or external drive.

Putting static info to fstab can imho cause problems to average users, for example when they change configuration of their computer. I personally had this problem after installing ubuntu from flash drive. Installation program thought that flash drive was actually cd-rom drive and put line in fstab saying that filesystem at /dev/sda1 is is9660. After installation I couldn't use flash drives, with automounter simply saying it can't mount the device, without any explanation. Removing /dev/sda1 from fstab fixed the problem.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2010-02-02
Changed in partman-target (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
importance: Wishlist → Medium
assignee: nobody → Colin Watson (cjwatson)
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package partman-target - 64ubuntu6

partman-target (64ubuntu6) lucid; urgency=low

  * Stop adding removable devices to /etc/fstab, now that apt knows how to
    find CD-ROM devices using libudev (LP: #33512).
  * Update translations of Ubuntu-specific strings from Launchpad.
 -- Colin Watson <email address hidden> Tue, 02 Feb 2010 15:41:10 -0800

Changed in partman-target (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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