I set up a dual boot setup on my netbook to try Ubuntu. Since I liked it, I carved out an additional partition to use with Ubuntu.

I am able to successfully mount this partion by adding this command to Startup Applications

/usr/bin/udisks --mount /dev/disk/by-uuid/c1e4fe5a-df6b-4910-811d-a6f5d76d59c2

However, in the interest of learning, I tried to mount this partition through fstab instead, since it seemed that this was the more normal way. Here are all the lines from fstab that are not comments. I added the last line.

UUID=4c24d79e-fd82-45a7-91fc-787aff8ec4e1 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1

UUID=9e15e92b-411d-443e-a3d4-584748010ba5 none swap sw 0 0

UUID=c1e4fe5a-df6b-4910-811d-a6f5d76d59c2 /media/mountpoint auto auto,users,uid=1000,gid=100,dmask=027,fmask=137 0 2

Before saving the fstab, I disabled my Startup Application command, rebooted, and confirmed that the new partition was not mounted. I then saved fstab and did the

sudo mount -a

but I got this error

mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda3,

  missing codepage or helper program, or other error

  In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try

  dmesg | tail  or so

I'd appreciate any advice on what I did wrong with my fstab update.

  • BTW you ONLY need to run the command to build / update fstab during something like a command line installation (archlinux for example). Just edit the file as you normally would any other file and the system will read fstab during boot on it's own.
    – mchid
    Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 4:15

1 Answer 1


use the line

UUID=c1e4fe5a-df6b-4910-811d-a6f5d76d59c2 /media          ext4    defaults 0       1

in /etc/fstab instead of the one you have and reboot

you don't have to do anything else; the volume will be mounted in the folder /media as the system will read fstab automatically when you boot

  • Worked perfectly just as you wrote it. Many thanks. Commented Jun 17, 2014 at 12:37

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