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Chapter 16. Persistently mounting file systems

As a system administrator, you can persistently mount file systems to configure non-removable storage.

16.1. The /etc/fstab file

This section describes the /etc/fstab configuration file, which controls persistent mount points of file systems. Using /etc/fstab is the recommended way to persistently mount file systems.

Each line in the /etc/fstab file defines a mount point of a file system. It includes six fields separated by white space:

  1. The block device identified by a persistent attribute or a path it the /dev directory.
  2. The directory where the device will be mounted.
  3. The file system on the device.
  4. Mount options for the file system. The option defaults means that the partition is mounted at boot time with default options. This section also recognizes systemd mount unit options in the x-systemd.option format.
  5. Backup option for the dump utility.
  6. Check order for the fsck utility.

Example 16.1. The /boot file system in /etc/fstab

Block deviceMount pointFile systemOptionsBackupCheck







The systemd service automatically generates mount units from entries in /etc/fstab.

Additional resources

  • fstab(5) man page
  • systemd.mount(5) man page

16.2. Adding a file system to /etc/fstab

This procedure describes how to configure persistent mount point for a file system in the /etc/fstab configuration file.


  1. Find out the UUID attribute of the file system:

    $ lsblk --fs storage-device

    For example:

    Example 16.2. Viewing the UUID of a partition

    $ lsblk --fs /dev/sda1
    NAME FSTYPE LABEL UUID                                 MOUNTPOINT
    sda1 xfs    Boot  ea74bbec-536d-490c-b8d9-5b40bbd7545b /boot
  2. If the mount point directory does not exist, create it:

    # mkdir --parents mount-point
  3. As root, edit the /etc/fstab file and add a line for the file system, identified by the UUID.

    For example:

    Example 16.3. The /boot mount point in /etc/fstab

    UUID=ea74bbec-536d-490c-b8d9-5b40bbd7545b /boot xfs defaults 0 0
  4. Regenerate mount units so that your system registers the new configuration:

    # systemctl daemon-reload
  5. Try mounting the file system to verify that the configuration works:

    # mount mount-point