mounts, ls, and filename completion

Earnie Boyd
Thu Aug 13 18:56:00 GMT 1998

---Geoffrey Noer <> wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 10, 1998 at 09:31:26AM -0400, Larry Hall wrote:
> [...]
> > This should be a FAQ (is it already?)  The mount utility has much
the same
> > semantics (although not the same syntax!) as UNIX variants.  It
does not,
> > however, have the requirement that the directory to which you are
> > must exist.  This is unfortunate in many ways since all the
existing tools
> > assume that if there is something mounted, there will already be
an entry
> > in the directory for the tools (ls, bash) to pick up on.
> [...]
> The fact that mount does not require the parent directory to exist is
> a bug.  It really ought to.
> I also consider the //<drive-letter>/ system for referring to drives a
> Bad Idea (tm) since it conflicts with the UNC namespace.  I'm somewhat
> thinking of removing this functionality and replacing it with
> something more sensible but this may be too painful for everyone for
> us to contemplate it seriously.  :-(

Please, consider it.  I would even ask that you go as far as
considering creating /etc/fstab and /etc/mtab files.
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