[CentOS] How to stop automount

Dick Roth raroth7 at comcast.net
Wed Nov 17 23:17:07 UTC 2010

Keith Roberts wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Nov 2010, Dick Roth wrote:
>> To: CentOS List<centos at centos.org>
>> From: Dick Roth<raroth7 at comcast.net>
>> Subject: [CentOS] How to stop automount
>> I just put a USB hard drive into service, but find that unless the drive
>> is connected to my PC the machine won't boot and drops to a shell.
>> Below is the line I added to fstab.  I thought that the option "noauto"
>> would prevent the machine from trying to mount the drive
>> /dev/sdb             /usbdrive           ext3    user,noauto,rw  0 2
>> What am I doing wrong?  Any advice is welcome.
>> Dick
> We seem to be talking about 2 different uses for the USB
> drive.
> Do you want to boot a Linux system from the USB stick, or do
> you want to mount the USB drive after the system is up?
> Kind Regards,
> Keith
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Folks, thank you very much for the advice.  I am using the disk for 
system backup and then putting it in a safe.  It does not have to boot 
the system.  I did find that changing the last element of the line in 
fstab from 2 to 0 cured my immediate problem:  the machine now boots 
properly without the drive physically attached.

Again, thanks to all.  What a great community!


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