FreeBSD, FHS, and /mnt/cdrom

Mykroft Holmes IV mykroft at
Fri Nov 21 06:59:46 PST 2003

Frank Murphy wrote:

>The folks at the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS) are discussing
>(again) where directories for recurring temporary mount points should go.
>Recurring temporary mount points are for things like cdroms, floppies,
>and digital cameras as well as HD partitions from other OSes (like MS
>Red Hat started putting these in /mnt (e.g. /mnt/cdrom), but that totally
>breaks compatibility with the BSDs, which have specified /mnt as an empty
>directory for ad hoc temporary mounts. SuSE has started putting these in
>/media, and now folks on the FHS list would like to know what people in
>the BSDs' communities would prefer.
>I imagine your answer will be something like "We don't care; do what you
>want," but I would like to present the different ideas, and perhaps you
>would prefer one.
>So, please put these in the order of most to least preferred, and say why
>you like or dislike any of them.
>- All mount points in / (e.g. /cdrom, /camera, /windows/C)  <- current
>FreeBSD standard
>- All mount points in /mnt (e.g. /mnt/cdrom, /mnt/camera, /mnt/windows/C)
><- breaks
>      FreeBSD standard for an empty /mnt
>- Anyplace at all
>- Anyplace but /mnt (i.e. what the FHS 2.2 currently specifies)
>- Anyplace but / or /mnt (e.g. /vol/cdrom, /var/mnt/camera,
>      (some suggestions have been /media, /mounts, /vol, /var/mnt,
>      and /var/tmp/removable. Others?)
>Thanks letting us know how you feel about this,
>Frank Murphy
Well, Apple uses /Volumes for all mounts

It seems to work pretty well, although the capital letter is an obvious 


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