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When using the mount utility, if you specify a directory that does not exist, that is considered an error. Is there any option I can use so that mount points get automatically created if they don't already exist?

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Strange that the mount utility doesn't do this by default. I'm sick of typing: mkdir /media/USB, mount /dev/sdb1 /media/USB; umount /dev/sdb1, rmdir /media/USB. – Zaz Sep 14 '14 at 21:29
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try this:

if you want to create a Mount Point called DISK1, then type the following command in the terminal :

sudo mkdir /media/DISK1
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Yeah, I was hoping for an option to mount, but this is fine, I guess. – Paul Dec 17 '11 at 21:20

No, the bare mount utility do not offer such an option.

It is done when mounting from a file manager like Nautilus, though.

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how can Nautilus do it then? – Andrea Borga May 4 '13 at 7:58
@AndreaBorga it checks if the directory exists before mounting. If the mountpoint doesn't exist as a directory, creates it and then mounts. – omninonsense Apr 2 '15 at 10:41

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