Temporarily mount a partition or share using the MOUNT command in Linux

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UUID or Label

A partition often mounted using the Universally Unique Identified (UUID) or Label of the partition. A partition can be a variety of different storage devices, such as a solid state drive, USB drive, CD/DVD drive, or hard disk. The e2label command can be used to label a partition. The blkid command followed by the path to the partition can be used to determine the UUID or Label of the partition.

~]# blkid /dev/sda1
/dev/sda1: LABEL="MyLabel" UUID="7016c299-b6b1-40ad-80f0-e4dd0b3def65" TYPE="xfs"


The UUID of the partition may be listed in the /dev/disk/by-uuid directory.

~]# ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 10 Jun 27 19:15 7016c299-b6b1-40ad-80f0-e4dd0b3def65 -> ../../sda1


Mounting physical local partition

The mount -t <file system> <partition to mount> <mount point> command can be used to temporarily mount the partition.

~]# mount -t xfs /dev/mapper/myVG-myLV /mnt


The UUID can also be used.

Use the mount command followed by the UUID or Label and then the mount point.

~]# mount -t vfat 7016c299-b6b1-40ad-80f0-e4dd0b3def65 /home


The Label can also be used.

~]# mount -t ext myLabel /mnt


Mounting a shared network drive using CIFS (common Internet file system)

Use apt-get or yum to install the CIFS utilities.

~]# yum install cifs-utils


If the network drive is configured to permit guest access, meaning there is no need to provide a username and password to access the network drive, the following is all that should be needed to mount the network drive.

~]# mount -t cifs //fs1.example.com/share /mnt


If a username and password is required to access the network drive, add the username and password options to the mount command.

~]# mount -t cifs //fs1.example.com/share /mnt -o username=john.doe,password=MyPassword


Additional options can also be selected, such as uid, gid, file_mode and dir_mode.

~]# mount -t cifs //fs1.example.com/share /mnt -o username=john.doe,password=MyPassword,domain=EXAMPLE,uid=root,gid=root,file_mode=0640,dir_mode=0750


Mounting a shared network drive using NFS (Network File System)

To use NFS, NFS must be installed and configured on the server.

Use apt-get or yum to install the nfs-common package.

~]# yum install nfs-utils


Start and enable NFS.

~]# systemctl start nfs
~]# systemctl enable nfs
~]# systemctl status nfs


Mount the share.

~]# mount -t nfs fs1.example.com:/srv/nfs/share /mnt/example


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