I configured fstab to mount my sd card as /backup automatically at startup. But everytime fstab doesn't find the sdcard, it gets stuck at the xubuntu 14.04 bootscreen waiting for the user to press A (continue without sdcard) or M (retry mounting).

fstab to mount sd card

/dev/mmcblk0p1 /backup vfat comment=x-gvfs-show,users,uid=1000,auto 0 0


Is there a possibility to skip this error message screen even if sdcard is not found/cannot be mounted, so that the user can startup xubuntu without any holdups? Thanks!


According to man fstab, you can add the mount option nofail. If I recall correct this works for that situation (I did it once, years ago).

  • hi there thanks for your reply, but somehow nofail doesn't work in 14.04 Xunbuntu. Instead I tried with nobootwait which worked. – Chiggiddi Feb 10 '17 at 13:53


since Xubuntu 14.04 doesn't react to nofail, there is a workaround with nobootwait. See bug report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mountall/+bug/610869

Updated example:

/dev/mmcblk0p1 /backup vfat comment=x-gvfs-show,users,uid=1000,nofail,nobootwait,auto 0 0

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