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How does linux know which partition should be mounted at which directory? Where is this info stored?

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The information about what hard drives to mount where is stored in /etc/fstab.

  • And the current mount information is in /etc/mtab – Michael Mrozek Apr 19 '11 at 19:20
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    ...or in /proc/mounts, /etc/mtab is some cases may have wrong info – rvs Apr 19 '11 at 19:53
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Your search for which partition is mounted may not end in fstab, the listing may use LABELs or UUIDs. You can search for LABELs with e2label.

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