How-To: Graphical Mount Managers – psydm

Ok, I admit it.  Even I* like to use a graphical mount manager every once in a while to check my fstab entries against what something like pysdm would create for me.  It’s a good way to double check what you setup for a drive, and if in fact it really was written correctly. Now, pysdm isn’t infallible, but it is quite valuable.  Let’s start by installing pysdm


apt-get install pysdm


yum install pysdm

Compiling from source

sudo tar -xzf pysdm-0.4.1.tar.gz

cd pysdm-0.4.1.tar.gz/

sudo ./configure

sudo make

sudo make install
  • If that does not work, or you get a message on the make command that there is nothing to do about “all,” run:
sudo make clean
  • Then try again.

You may need to make a link to pysdm if compiling from source, with “ln -s /location/to/pysdm”  type $PATH into the Terminal interface to get a list of bash locations your “executable” are located in.  For instance, under Linux Mint, my compiled pysdm was located at “/usr/local/bin”  Search on the command line  by ping the location to grep “pysdm” as such:

 ls /usr/local/bin 
 ln -s /usr/local/bin/pysdm /home/user_name/Desktop

After every is said and done you will have this:

Be very* careful when navigating this screen, and only attempt ANY changes after understanding the core concepts behind mounting hard drives and file systems in general.  Each section on the left is split out into your different devices/partitions.  Backup your fstab file on an external device before continuing!!!

 sudo cp /etc/fstab /path/to/external_usb_drive

Using the assistant on the main screen after selecting a drive, is a good way to start, but be sure to carefully navigate around.    The program will give you options to mount from startup, set users, rights, and more.  Read more below.



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