[CentOS] Re: Reformatting a USB drive

Fri May 25 18:15:59 UTC 2007
Mark Hull-Richter <mhullrich at gmail.com>

On 5/25/07, Scott Silva <ssilva at sgvwater.com> wrote:
> Because in linux, everything mounts under one directory tree. So to mount
> something in that tree, the "directory" needs to exist first. If that drive
> isn't mounted, the mountpoint will still exist, and can hold data by itself.
> Unless you set up something like automount that would create the mountpoint,
> and mount the drive, and after you disconnect, would remove the mountpoint. It
> would have to check if the drive was there before it created the mountpoint,
> and stop if it wasn't. Linux has unix roots, and it pre-dates things like
> removable drives. It comes from a time when drives were large and expensive,
> and stayed in place once attached.

As far as I can tell, all USB drives are handled by automount.  My
/media is empty unless there is something attached to the machine that
"should" live there, like a USB drive or a DVD/CD in one of my DVD

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