[CentOS] fstab multiple line entries?

Wed Jan 5 20:58:17 UTC 2011
Brunner, Brian T. <BBrunner at gai-tronics.com>


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> [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On Behalf Of Leonard den Ottolander
> Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 3:39 PM
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> Subject: Re: [CentOS] fstab multiple line entries?
> On Wed, 2011-01-05 at 19:16 +0000, Keith Roberts wrote:
> > I'm trying to add a long list of mount options in my fstab, 
> and break 
> > the entry over 2 lines, as it goes off screen.
> $ man fstab
> /line
> Each filesystem is described on a separate line;

This is ambiguous as it stands; many tools understand 'line
continuation' by a '\n' meaning multiple human-readable-lines treated as
a single input line, however it appears fstab (meaning the tools that
read it) do not promise to abide this continue-the-previous-line

Perhaps http://linux.die.net/man/3/getmntent has useful info, but the
man pages are about as ambiguous on this detail as anything I've seen.
"The proper way to read records from fstab is to use the routines
getmntent(3)" is about as ... as ...

For further mudification, see
Zealously masochistic types can ref
as well.

Nobody gives a clear answer to your question, so I suppose any flavor of
Linux can do any thing it pleases, and can alternate whether it does or
does not honor the '\n' tradition on alternate releases.
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