[lfs-support] What Is "The" LFS Partition?

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Tue Nov 6 13:47:36 PST 2012

Chris Staub wrote:
> On 11/06/2012 03:21 PM, Feuerbacher, Alan wrote:
>> Bruce wrote:
>>>> Why does one have to create a directory with that name before
>>>> executing the "mount" command?
>>> The system has to know where to attach the data structures in the file
>>> tree.  You could create a script to do a 'mkdir -p <mountpoint>;
>>> mount...', but that's overkill.
>> Now I'm confused again. I thought that creating a directory actually writes data into a place on a hard disk that the kernel allocates for the directory. Something about inodes, if I remember right. But if that's so, and a filesystem is not yet mounted, where does that data get written? It looks like the cart is before the horse.
>> Specifically, if you want to do "mount /dev/sda5 /mnt/lfs", but you have to create the directory "/mnt/lfs" BEFORE you do the mount, then where does the inode information about "/mnt/lfs" get written? I'm sure I'm missing some details.
> I don't see why there is any confusion here. Before you mount to a
> directory, the mount point is...just a directory. I don't understand the
> question about directory inodes with mounting - a created directory does
> of course take up some space on the disk,

The only space used for a directory is an inode, 128 bytes, and that's 
pre-allocated when the fs is created.

   -- Bruce

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