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
/dev/cdroms/cdrom0 /mnt/cdrom auto noauto,user 0 0
The FHS (http://www.pathname.com/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.
Steps to Reproduce:
I think you'd first have to convince baselayout people.
See bug #41519 and http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.gentoo.devel/15629
(/media is mentioned in that thread as well).
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.
jakub is right, no documentation updates until our baselayout will contain such
directories. Marking WONTFIX.
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
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.
We will fix docs when our base herd changes baselayout. No need to REOPEN until
it actually happens.
Okay :-) I'm pretty new in Bugzilla ... sorry ...
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
I opened Bug #104978 (https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=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?
Sorry, I posted the wrong number: it's Bug #105078 ;-)
Reopening to close correctly
Since baselayout won't change anytime soon (bug #105078), We'll track this bug
thru that. Marking LATER for now.
Closing this bug as per Josh's request in gentoo-doc's ML.
Reopening to mark properly, part one. Sorry for bugspam.
CANTFIX as we can't document something not supported by the "upstream" (baselayout in this case) folks.