I have mounted a partition and add it to fstab file and then rebooted but I see that the partition is not mounted although it was added to fstab.

What is wrong, and how can I solve it?
fstab line: /dev/xvdf /dev/xvdb1 ext3 defaults 0 0

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    Edit your question and add the fstab line to it. Also, when changing /etc/fstab don't reboot to test it. Use mount -a an check if it worked.
    – jippie
    Commented May 19, 2012 at 7:28
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    What is /dev/xvdf and /dev/xvdb1? What is the output to cat /proc/partitions? What device do you want to mount and what should the mountpoint be (where should it appear in the file tree)?
    – jippie
    Commented May 19, 2012 at 8:11
  • Both of these are good comments, and I wanted to second the 1st suggestion. Using mount -a is almost always a good habit to check the validity of fstab. The reason it is good is that it will immediately list any errors it finds, so you not only know whether the file is valid, but if it isn't, you know what the errors are, which, of course, is a nice first step to solving the problem. Commented May 19, 2012 at 17:57

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Something is very fishy about that fstab-line:

/dev/xvdf /dev/xvdb1 ext3 defaults 0 0

Normally they have the format:

/dev/device /mnt/mountpoint fs flags stuffINeverRemember

Basically, what this line does or tries is mounting /dev/xvdf onto the directory /dev/xvdb1. I think you misunderstood how /etc/fstab works. You most likely want something like this:

/dev/xvdb1 /mnt/ ext3 defaults 0 0

In particular, note that the mount point (/mnt in this example) must be an existing directory, it will not be created for you.

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