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I have Debian running on a laptop of mine, and an rsnapshot config that does a wonderful job of backing up incrementally to a 1TB external drive of mine. Unfortunately, sometimes the drive mounts to /media/ivy when I plug it in, other times it's at /media/usb0. How can I go about standardizing the mount point? I had initially thought of using fstab, but as a novice there, I thought fstab usually handled more permanent drive connections--as I want to do this on a laptop, drives frequently come and go.

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The way I solved a similar problem was to ensure the external USB volume was labelled, and then manually mounting and unmounting it using /dev/disk/by-label/labelname (This is useful if you rotate have multiple disks and a script, and then label disks Backup_01, Backup_02 etc

In order to "Fix" the mounting point to act as you wish to do, you probably need to look to UDEV, which enumerates devices. Configuring this is a bit of trial and error, but for an installation where I wanted to identify and run a script, I used :

KERNEL=="sd?1", ATTRS{product}=="EXTIDPRODUCTIDENTIFUER", ATTRS{serial}=="DEVICE_SERIAL_NO",RUN+="/usr/local/bin/"

To discover the parameters to pass to udev I issued the command udevadm info -a -p $(udevadm info -q path -n /dev/sdXX)

I see no good reason why the script you would execute could not be a mount command.

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it is not clear how to achieve what the OP requested... no clear steps, but a lot of explanation around the issue. – woohoo Feb 27 '14 at 1:23

I'm pretty sure you can do this with gvfs-mount but I can't tell you how. gvfs-mount should mount at /media/YOUR_DRIVE_VOLUME_NAME by default. As long as your drive has a volume name (I assume it does since it is sometimes mounted at /media/ivy). Anyway, a workaround using fstab would be to add an entry using the UUID of your external drive.

  • To get the UUID of your drive do

    ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid/

    You should see something like

    lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Feb 14 16:58 E208CFC0FGG345JDB -> ../../sdb1
  • Assuming your external drive's partition is /dev/sdb1, you can add an entry to your fstab like so:

    UUID=C0BCD19CBCD18D72   /media/ivy  ntfs    nofail,defaults 0   0

Now, according to man mount, nofail only suppresses error messages. However, according to this page, it also causes mountall to skip non-existing devices. If that doesn't work, you can also try the bootwait (source1, source2) and/or bg (source) options. Unfortunately, I do not have an external drive handy at the moment, so I cannot check.

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