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Bug 104978 - Recommendation of /mnt/xyz to mount media and the FHS
Summary: Recommendation of /mnt/xyz to mount media and the FHS
Alias: None
Product: [OLD] Docs-user
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Handbook (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: Docs Team
Depends on: 105078
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Reported: 2005-09-05 23:42 UTC by Tobias Leupold
Modified: 2006-01-26 14:22 UTC (History)
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Description Tobias Leupold 2005-09-05 23:42:31 UTC
Hi :-) I just installed Gentoo (another time ;-) on a computer and read the
following recommendation for an entry in /etc/fstab to define a mount point for
a CD:

/dev/cdroms/cdrom0    /mnt/cdrom    auto      noauto,user    0 0

The FHS ( says the following:

/mnt : Mount point for a temporarily mounted filesystem

Purpose: This directory is provided so that the system administrator may
temporarily mount a filesystem as needed. The content of this directory is a
local issue and should not affect the manner in which any program is run.

This directory must not be used by installation programs: a suitable temporary
directory not in use by the system must be used instead.


/media : Mount point for removeable media

Purpose: This directory contains subdirectories which are used as mount points
for removeable media such as floppy disks, cdroms and zip disks.

Rationale: Historically there have been a number of other different places used
to mount removeable media such as /cdrom, /mnt or /mnt/cdrom. Placing the mount
points for all removeable media directly in the root directory would potentially
result in a large number of extra directories in /. Although the use of
subdirectories in /mnt as a mount point has recently been common, it conflicts
with a much older tradition of using /mnt directly as a temporary mount point.

I think, this is senseful, I use it myself in this way. Probably, one should
integrate this in the documentation.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
Comment 1 Dennis Nienhüser (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-09-06 00:25:06 UTC
I think you'd first have to convince baselayout people. 
See bug #41519 and 
(/media is mentioned in that thread as well). 
Comment 2 Jakub Moc (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-09-06 00:40:31 UTC
If you want /media or /srv, then do it. But we cannot document something that
does not exist in official baselayout at all. I suggest WONTFIX.
Comment 3 Łukasz Damentko (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-09-06 01:00:10 UTC
jakub is right, no documentation updates until our baselayout will contain such
directories. Marking WONTFIX.
Comment 4 Tobias Leupold 2005-09-06 15:51:53 UTC
I think it's not acceptable to say "The baselayout doesn't have /media, so we
won't recomment mounting cdroms in /media". If the baselayout doesn't have the
/media directory but the FHS says removeable media should be mounted there
instead of /mnt, the baselayout should be fixed. I'll submit this Bug to the
baselayout folks.
It's the same thing with the /srv directory. You can read the FHS for
information about that. If it's the same argument "The baselayout doesn't have
/srv" -- that's just another reason to fix the baselayout.
Comment 5 Łukasz Damentko (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-09-06 15:55:36 UTC
We will fix docs when our base herd changes baselayout. No need to REOPEN until
it actually happens.
Comment 6 Tobias Leupold 2005-09-06 16:03:06 UTC
Okay :-) I'm pretty new in Bugzilla ... sorry ...
Comment 7 Łukasz Damentko (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-09-06 16:06:38 UTC
No problem, just try to understand us, we can't write about something which
didn't happen, when baselayout will have those changes, we will document
immediately. :)
Comment 8 Tobias Leupold 2005-09-06 16:17:48 UTC
I opened Bug #104978 ( in the
baselyout section. Perhaps, it will have more success than the other bug related
to this issue.
But what about wour opinion? Should this be changed?
Comment 9 Tobias Leupold 2005-09-06 16:19:53 UTC
Sorry, I posted the wrong number: it's Bug #105078 ;-)

Comment 10 Shyam Mani (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-09-06 19:00:54 UTC
Reopening to close correctly
Comment 11 Shyam Mani (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-09-06 19:02:11 UTC
Since baselayout won't change anytime soon (bug #105078), We'll track this bug
thru that. Marking LATER for now.
Comment 12 Marcelo Goes (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-01-26 10:32:02 UTC
Closing this bug as per Josh's request in gentoo-doc's ML.
Comment 13 Jan Kundrát (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-01-26 14:20:00 UTC
Reopening to mark properly, part one. Sorry for bugspam.
Comment 14 Jan Kundrát (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2006-01-26 14:22:20 UTC
CANTFIX as we can't document something not supported by the "upstream" (baselayout in this case) folks.