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  1. #1
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    Question user's home partition mounting and fstab help needed please

    Hi- I have three ext4 partitions that I want 'assigned' to three users as follows:

    /dev/sda6 /home/karlos
    /dev/sda7 /home/dominic
    /dev/sda8 /home/jade

    I can mount them fine with terminal, but I'm not too familiar with fstab and they don't mount when booting..
    However, when mounted I don't want them showing up as an obvious mount in 'places' or nautilus, but to just *be* the directories...

    I thought it may have been a permission issue so I did (sudo chown <user> /dev/sda*)

    Here's what I have so far:

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    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    # Use 'vol_id --uuid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
    # device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
    # that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).

    # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
    proc /proc proc defaults 0 0

    # / was on /dev/sda3 during installation
    UUID=08e97966-a66c-4fca-9101-5ac994867e3b / ext4 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1

    # /home was on /dev/sda2 during installation
    UUID=33897224-0e6e-45ad-a342-f59eb19e35c9 /home ext4 relatime 0 2

    # /home/karlos for user karlos on /dev/sda6
    UUID=00bb64a1-cc06-45fa-9783-130d3c51de90 /home/karlos ext4 relatime, auto, uid=1001, gid=1001 0 2

    # /home/dominic for user dominic on /dev/sda7
    UUID=1ee933d2-19fa-4547-ab19-0a8f17134827 /home/dominic ext4 relatime, auto, uid=1002, gid=1002 0 2

    # /home/jade for user jade on /dev/sda8
    UUID=1855544c-e929-44db-82f3-ce8e0ae8b822 /home/jade ext4 relatime, auto, uid=1003, gid=1003 0 2

    # swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
    UUID=0bca2a4c-f0b6-49ab-b9b3-a767ec06e6ea none swap sw 0 0
    /dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

    ************************************************** *******************

    ... and this:

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    tofue()familytoybox:~$ sudo ls /dev/disk/by-uuid -lah
    total 0
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 180 2009-08-03 22:57 .
    drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 120 2009-08-03 22:57 ..
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2009-08-03 22:57 00bb64a1-cc06-45fa-9783-130d3c51de90 -> ../../sda6
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2009-08-03 22:57 08e97966-a66c-4fca-9101-5ac994867e3b -> ../../sda3
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2009-08-03 22:57 0bca2a4c-f0b6-49ab-b9b3-a767ec06e6ea -> ../../sda5
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2009-08-03 22:57 1855544c-e929-44db-82f3-ce8e0ae8b822 -> ../../sda8
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2009-08-03 22:57 1ee933d2-19fa-4547-ab19-0a8f17134827 -> ../../sda7
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2009-08-03 22:57 33897224-0e6e-45ad-a342-f59eb19e35c9 -> ../../sda2
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2009-08-03 22:57 64D7-8F2F -> ../../sdb1

    ************************************************** ********************

    I have read the fstab wiki but it isn't clear on how to treat user-specific mounts w/ ext4 like I'm trying to do.. It does mention not assigning a uid or gid for ext2,3 and I have tried omitting without success either..

    What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by ToFue; 08-05-2009 at 12:18 AM. Reason: Typo on the entries in question from realtime to relatime.. Tried it without typo, and condition still exists.

  2. #2
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    In your fstab, you separated your options by comma-space. Don't do this: just separate by commas. So for instance, the entry for /home/karlos should be:
    UUID=00bb64a1-cc06-45fa-9783-130d3c51de90 /home/karlos ext4 realtime,auto,uid=1001,gid=1001 0 2
    You say you can mount them via terminal: do this, and then run the command "mount" (or cat the file /etc/mtab). This will give you an fstab line that describes the present condition of each mounted partition. You can copy this line into your fstab and modify at will.

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    That's incredibly simple- Thank you so much!
    This problem has now been solved, and each user won't invade the space of the other with media files anymore!

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    ^Problem solved? Then mark the thread as SOLVED

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