transferring linux system to another hard drive

Jason unleet at
Thu Dec 6 19:25:34 EST 2001

On Thursday December 06, 2001 11:06 am, you wrote:
> I could be wrong on this one, but it is my understanding that mtab is
> generated from fstab as part of the shutdown process.  If you read the
> two files carefully, you will see that they are basically the same.

Nope, mtab is a list of what's currently mounted, whereas fstab is a list of 
default mount points.

Some people symlink /etc/mtab to /proc/mounts, though I've read that it can 
be a bad idea because /proc/mounts doesn't have as much info as mtab.

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