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fstab vs mtab
October 14, 2011Posted by on
The file /etc/mtab is a normal file that is updated by the mount program whenever file systems are mounted or unmounted.
The /etc/mtab file is meant to be used to display the status of currently-mounted file systems only. It should not be manually modified.
The /etc/fstab file is used to control what file systems are mounted when the system boots, as well as to supply default values for other file systems that may be mounted manually from time to time.
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