Mounting point when partitioning

Hi all, I have a very simple question I am creating a new partition for storing files, installers, documents, etc, I am going to make it ext4, now my question is, do I have to specify a mounting point?? I would not like to do that, but if I do not specify a mounting point, will I be able to access that partition??

So in what cases you specify mounting point and when you do not specify mounting point??

Thank you very much for your help.

If you create in yast, you can specify a mount point and you will be able to access it. You can also set the “fstab” options, which decide whether the partition will be automatically mounted at boot.

If you create the partition with “fdisk” then there is no option to specify a mount point. You could still mount it, but you would have to either manually add a line to “fstab”, or manually give the “mount” command when you want to mount it.

If you are relatively inexperienced with linux, I suggest using yast and giving a mount point.

Yes, you have to specify a mountpoint, meaning you have to choose a directory name which is not already used by the system. /data for example would be fine.

In Unix/Linux you always specify a mountpoint for data partitions, otherwise there is no way to access the files. The mountpoint directory is the place where the new filesystem is “spliced” into the directory tree. Only partitions like swap, or raw partitions (used by some programs like DB managers) which don’t contain a filesystem don’t have a mountpoint.

PS: None of the drive C: D: etc nonsense. :wink:

gotcha, it will be enough to do it with yast as you mentioned, thank you my friend

perfectly understood thanks nrickert, please_try_again and ken_yap

This may be a bit late, but seeing your lack of Unix/Linux experience with mounting, this could be usefull to you: SDB:Basics of partitions, filesystems, mount points - openSUSE.