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Silently ensures that a FS is mounted on the given mount point (checks if it's OK, otherwise unmount, create dir and mount)

Terminal - Silently ensures that a FS is mounted on the given mount point (checks if it's OK, otherwise unmount, create dir and mount)
(mountpoint -q "/media/mpdr1" && df /media/mpdr1/* > /dev/null 2>&1) || ((sudo umount "/media/mpdr1" > /dev/null 2>&1 || true) && (sudo mkdir "/media/mpdr1" > /dev/null 2>&1 || true) && sudo mount "/dev/sdd1" "/media/mpdr1")
2014-04-12 11:23:21
User: tweet78
Functions: df mkdir mount sudo umount
Silently ensures that a FS is mounted on the given mount point (checks if it's OK, otherwise unmount, create dir and mount)

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.


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When I unplug my USB drive, sometimes mountpoint still reports the path as a mount point ! In this case, your command was useful, thanks.

Comment by sylvainDuchamp 76 weeks and 3 days ago

works well, but why " || true " ?

Comment by gentroot 76 weeks and 1 day ago

@gentroot: Because bracket block needs end with true to exec the following mount command, as is joined with &&.

Comment by MarxBro 74 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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