Is there an alternative command that does the same thing as findmnt -T . -o TARGET |tail -n 1?

Example: If my current working directory is /media/username/HDD/subdir1/subdir2, that command would output /media/username/HDD/.

In Windows, the path to the highest directory of the current drive/partition is \ (also / works in cmd), because Windows does work with drive letters instead of "everything is a file".

Unix works more unified and modular, but how can one find to the mount point of a partition? If there is no shorter solution than findmnt -T . -o TARGET |tail -n 1, it is no problem. I just wanted to know whether there is a different way.


Looking at man findmnt I see a number of suggestions that seem to do what you want when finding the mount point for a filesystem:

findmnt --first-only --noheadings --output TARGET --target "$PWD"

Or with less readability:

findmnt -fno TARGET -T "$PWD"

If you just want to find it for yourself, not for later use in a variable. you won't find a shorter way than df .:

$ df . 
Filesystem     1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda6      343650580 232263752  93860660  72% /home

That has extra details, of course, so can't be used to just save the device name to a variable directly. However, it's very easy to parse:

$ df . | grep -Po '^/\S+'
$ df . | awk '/^\//{print $1}'

But if you really want a single command to print it, then @roaima's findmnt will be the best.

  • df can be real pain to parse. If you have a sufficiently long device name (LVM) the output can be split across two lines. – roaima Jun 9 at 23:31
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    @roaima ooh, true, I hadn't even thought of LVM names. Still, the device should at least never have whitespace, so on GNU systems, the df . | grep -Po '^/\S+' should work. But yeah, findmt is a safer choice. I just like df . since it's so short and perfectly adequate for human consumption. – terdon Jun 9 at 23:58

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