Why have both /mnt and /media?


There are a lot of questions here and I'll do my best to answer them. I'm certain that those more knowledgeable than I will be able to help you further. (I'd appreciate if those people could help me out too.)

In *nix, everything is a file. For example, your CD-ROM is a file.

/dev - Here you'll find physical devices as well as things you wouldn't normally think of as devices such as /dev/null. /media & /mnt are directories where you may mount a physical device such as a CD-ROM, HDD partition, USB stick, etc.

The purpose of mount (and the opposite umount) is to allow dynamic mounting of devices. What I mean here is that perhaps you may want to only mount a device under certain circumstances, and at other times have it not readily accessible. You may wish to mount an entire file system at /mnt when repairing a system. You may wish to mount a disc image (e.g. foo.iso) from time to time. Etc.

You may choose to mount a device in /dev at either /media or /mnt. There...

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It’s hard to believe that, only a decade ago, social media was little more than a budding trend. Sure, there were websites such as Friendster and MySpace that had a decent level of adoption, but the population as a whole had not come around to it yet.

Back in 2005, Facebook was still in it’s early stages of its spread across the world. Heck, I was signed up for it back then, but didn’t really see the point until a few years later. Twitter appeared around that time, but a lot of us saw it as a pointless lifecasting toy. LinkedIn was essentially a digital resume and, for some of us, a pseudo-Rolodex. And Google+ didn’t even come on the scene until 2011, followed later by Pinterest and other platforms.

Fast forward to 2014, and social media has become not only a key part of the modern lifestyle, but a useful marketing channel for businesses of all sizes. Yesterday, a friend commented (on Facebook of course) that her elementary age kids were stunned to know that phones...

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“Why Don’t We Have Both?” is a reaction image that is used in response to various problems that involve choosing between two options or solutions.


The expression “why don’t we have both?” was originally quoted by a child model in a TV commercial for the Old El Paso at-home taco kit that contains both hard-shell and soft tortillas. In the commercial, a group of Spanish speakers are seen arguing over the quality of hard and soft tacos, to which the girl proposes “Why not both?” with a shrug and puts an end to the debate. Though it is unclear when the commercial first aired, it was discussed online as early as September 2009.


On June 23rd, 2010, a Facebook fan page for the girl in the commercial was launched, though her off-screen identity remains unknown. On June 30th, 2011, one of the first image macros based on a still shot from the commercial was posted to FunnyJunk, paired with a screen capture from an...

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Liberals are frustrated and disagree with Fox pretty routinely.

I wonder how often the liberals among us are frustrated and disagree with the stories and commentary by the "mainstream media."

That, I believe, is a barometer of the bias of the specific media outlet.

What I mean by that is that if a decidedly liberal individual is never really challenged by, disagrees with, or is frustrated by a particular media source, it is likely that it has a liberal bias.

Similarly, if a decidedly conservative individual is never really challenged by, disagrees with, or is frustrated by a particular media source, it is likely that it has a conservative bias.

Objectivity is tough. I see evidence of this difficultly by both my liberal and conservative friends. I am certain that I have difficulty at times being objective about areas where I have closely held opinions.

Back to the media.

There's lots of media out there and it runs the spectrum.


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It is helpful to automount using fstab (on a desktop machine), because it simplifies user access to the Windows partition.

The Windows partition would typically be mounted in /mnt, since it is not part of the normal set of root directories.

On some systems (especially servers) the root file system is on a separate (and small) system partition. Supposing you added an extra mount point, then if the disk failed to mount, writes to that mount point would end up being stored in the root partition, and could potentially fill it up.

The filesystem is flexible; really, there is nothing to stop you mounting it anywhere you like. The standards (see above post) are to help manage software interactions with the system, and people's expectations of where to find directories and files.

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Fantastic example, thanks. That solidified things in my head a bit; MEPIS puts the root partition in the same...

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RE: Why not have both? Ed: The 9.584640 Gbps rate comes from the payload rate of a SDH VC-4-64c channel which has 1 column of Path and 63 columns of fixed overhead. The OC-192c rate is slightly larger at 9.620928 since it does not use the fixed overheads. The calculation for these numbers in available in my Montreal presentation. The data bytes available in a SDH VC-4-64c frame are 16,640 bytes/row by 9 rows. We agree on the Baud rate at 9.953280 Gbps and the SPE rate at 9.621504 Gbps. Paul At 04:50 PM 9/15/99 -0400, Edward Chang wrote: >Paul Bottorff: > >Would you mind answer Dae Young Kim's question? The similar question was >asked before, and I believe, you handled that question. > >Thanks, > >Ed Chang >NetWorth Technologies, Inc. >EChang@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > >-----Original Message----- >From: owner-stds-802-3-hssg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx >[mailto:owner-stds-802-3-hssg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Dae Young KIM >Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 1999 5:27 AM >To: Edward Chang >Cc:...
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