I have little experiences in configuring the 'fstab'. I'm looking for any GUI tool that helps me with this. If possible based on gtk and should be available in Debian.

  • What distro? There are usually tools bundled with your distribution... – haimg Oct 14 '11 at 15:40
  • @haimg Debian. I've edited it – kravemir Oct 14 '11 at 15:54

How about pysdm

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    The old kfstab was a good tool for this, but it's sadly bitrotten by now. There're fwfstab and gfstab as well, but they don't seem maintained. In the future I expect the excellent palimpsest will evolve the ability to actually edit fstab, then all will be well. – phogg Oct 14 '11 at 18:45
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    It seems like this package has now been removed from Debian/Ubuntu as its out of date - doesn't support UUIDs for example. – frankster Jun 28 '13 at 10:06

Now Gnome comes with a very powerful tool for this, Disks. (Formerly known as Palimpsest; it looks like phogg's prediction was accurate).

A screenshot of disks editing a mount

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    The command is sudo gnome-disks – knb Jul 10 '13 at 9:05
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    @knb, you shouldn't use sudo. Only udisks2 runs as root. – Tobu Jul 17 '13 at 11:28
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    It's still just a string of obfuscated parameters, though. nosuid,nodev,nofail,compress=lzo... it needs checkboxes and dropdowns and explanations for what each of these options does. – endolith Oct 12 '16 at 4:01
  • fstab is not only about disks but also about temp filesystem, bind, NFS etc. – Sergey Ponomarev Apr 26 '20 at 19:51

Clicking the gear icon for a particular partition in disks provides a menu option called 'Edit Mount Options'. Here in, set the Automatic Mount Options to 'OFF'. Thereafter proceed to define your custom mount point (for that you may wish to create your directory e.g. sudo mkdir /mnt/windows)

The comments=gvfs-show is key (don't forget to the comment= else it won't work in Ubuntu 14.04)

Changing the filesystem type from auto to the correct type (ntfs, ext4, xfs etc.) is also recommended.


I use gnome-disk-utility which provides the GUI tool 'Disks'

sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility

I'm using this in Linux Mint 17.3 (Ubuntu/Debian based) with cinnamon.

You also mention in a comment that you are not a gnome user, but you have not specified what you are using?

see also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNOME_Disks


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