This question has been asked before, but because I have a few more doubts about the process.

I am working in ubuntu, this is what df -h shows:

Filesystem             Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/md0               423G  337G   65G  84% /
tmpfs                   12G     0   12G   0% /lib/init/rw
udev                    12G  188K   12G   1% /dev
tmpfs                   12G     0   12G   0% /dev/shm
/dev/md1               917G  527G  344G  61% /backup

The problem is that now we are using the /dev/md1 for more than just backups, and we have decided to change its name from /backup to /drive2

I want all the content to stay where it is, the only thing that has to change is the name of the drive mountpoint.

Please note however that I have certain symbolic links from the /dev/md0 to the /dev/md1, and they where built using /backup as a reference folder. Will I have to change each symbolic link or will the change be reflected automatically?

Could you please explain the commands necessary and the files to edit?

1 Answer 1


If you change the mountpoint name all your symlinks will break. Here are 2 options you can use:

Option 1

  • Edit the mountpoint name in /etc/fstab to the desired new mountpoint
  • To ensure the symlinks keep working, make /backup a symlink to the new mountpoint:

    ln -s /new/mountpoint /backup

Option 2

  • Use a bind mount to specify an alternative mountpoint for your RAID array while keeping the existing /backup mounted.

  • To do this from /etc/fstab, you need to specify bind as the filesystem type and add it to the list of options as well. See this LinuxQuestions Q&A

Note that the second option is Linux-specific.


Thoughts on option 1

  • Since /backup is currently a mountpoint, you'll need to delete it first so it can be recreated as a symlink. Be very careful to unmount it first as you don't want to delete the actual contents of your partition: only the mountpoint directory.
  • To be extra safe, when deleting /backup, use rmdir instead of rm. I learned this very useful usage of rmdir the hard way :(

Thoughts on option 2

  • This option is a bit more complicated and is specific to Linux. There may be a reason you might prefer it, though. If you go with option 1, anything that once depended on /backup being a mountpoint (i.e. on mountpoint /backup returning true) will break.

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