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In my example, the mount point is /media/mpdr1 and the FS is /dev/sdd1
/mountpoint-path = /media/mpdr1
Why this command ?
Well, in fact, with some external devices I used to face some issues : during data transfer from the device to the internal drive, some errors occurred and the device was unmounted and remounted again in a different folder.
In such situations, the command mountpoint gave a positive result even if the FS wasn't properly mounted, that's why I added the df part.
And if the device is not properly mounted, the command tries to unmount, to create the folder (if it exists already it will also work) and finally mount the FS on the given mount point.
lsblk | grep mountpoint
This one-liner is for cron jobs that need to provide some basic information about a filesystem and the time it takes to complete the operation. You can swap out the di command for df or du if that's your thing. The |& redirections the stderr and stdout to the mail command.
How to configure the variables.
FSCKDEV=`grep $TOFSCK /proc/mounts | cut -f1 -d" "`
MAILSUB="weekly file system check $TOFSCK "
Instead of calculating the offset and providing an offset option to mount, let lomount do the job for you by just providing the partition number you would like to loop mount.
Suppose you made a backup of your hard disk with dd:
dd if=/dev/sda of=/mnt/disk/backup.img
This command enables you to mount a partition from inside this image, so you can access your files directly.
Substitute PARTITION=1 with the number of the partition you want to mount (returned from sfdisk -d yourfile.img).