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Re: About /etc/fstab and LABELs

I've often wondered, is there any real advantage to using labels
instead of physical device names?  David, you mentioned that it's to
avoid using the device names, but I've never found that to be a
particularly burdensome task, or something I'd like to avoid.  What's
the gain from using labels?

Chris St. Pierre
Unix Systems Administrator
Nebraska Wesleyan University

On Thu, 6 Oct 2005, David Tonhofer, m-plify S.A. wrote:

>> Could you explain what those LABELs are, and more specifically what
>> creates
>> them and how does it map them to phsyical disk partitions?
> Hi,
> They are just strings that are supposed to avoid the need to have
> the device names in the fstab. To create them you use 'e2label'.
> As the name implies, this trick only works with ext2/ext3 filesystems.
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