mount
Linux Commands - Managing Drivers and Formats

mount

The mount command will allow you to mount a drive for use.

 

Example:

mount /dev/cdrom /cdrom

This command tells the system to mount the CDROM and where to mount it.

 

Another more common example would be mounting the cdrom off of the media directory.

 

mount /media/cdrom

 

 

Options

-a mounts all partitions in the /etc/fstab file

-h help

-r mounts as read only

-w mounts as read/write

 

Below is a typical /etc/fstab which shows all of the mount points on the system. If you use the -a option it will try to mount all the points that are listed here.

 

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.

#

# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>

proc /proc proc defaults 0 0

/dev/hda1 / ext3 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 1/dev/hda5 none swap sw 0 0

/dev/hdb /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 ro,user,noauto 0 0

/dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto 0 0

 

The option to mount a directory as read only using the -r option may be useful in mounting a directory that provides information to users but should not be modified. You can also mount a directory as read/write with the -w option.

 

mount -r /media/floppy

 

This mounts the floppy drive as read only.

 

mount -w /media/usbdisk

 

This will mount the usb drive as read and write.