This question is related to this one; call it Part 2.
@allquixotic provided advice on that original question, which solved the symptoms, but the result exposed an apparent underlying problem, which is the subject of this question.
The situation: The computer’s internal hard disk contains three NTFS partitions (Windows 7 main, boot, and recovery), and several
ext4 partitions (Linux Mint 17 and swap). I’m currently working off an external hard disk with Debian Wheezy. All are bootable via GRUB and everything works normally; no indications of any form of corruption. Mint came pre-configured to automatically mount the Windows partition and it does, and that works as it should.
Debian did not. I set this up manually. The Windows partition is listed in
(No idea why it is in such an absurd font; couldn't copy from the editor and paste it.) I created a mount folder, /mnt/windows, and used this command to mount it:
mount -t ntfs -o nls=utf8,umask=0222 /dev/sda3 /mnt/windows
I created a shortcut to the
/mnt/windows folder and that is listed in the drives list of the file manager (Dolphin). After the mount command, the contents of the Windows partition are visible in the file manager either via the shortcut or
/mnt/windows. I can also do a
dir command in the terminal and see the contents.
Here is the problem: When I reboot, the partition is automatically mounted. The mount command verifies that it is mounted. However, the contents are not visible. The file manager shows an empty window and the dir command in the terminal shows nothing (just displays another command prompt on the next line). If I manually unmount and remount in the terminal, the contents again become accessible. So at boot time, the system is mounting the partition “in name only”; it doesn’t seem to function as if it is mounted.
The process works perfectly in Mint, so it must be related to the configuration in Debian. Any suggestions on how to fix this?