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What script/init process/whatever is responsible for reading fstab and calling mount, during the boot process?

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

It is the upstart job configured in

/etc/init/mountall.conf 

that in turn calls the ELF executable /sbin/mountall.

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It's the mountall executable which parses the fstab file and mounts (and checks if needed) all the partitions specified there.

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