Viewing the Linux / mnt System Directory Below The / (Root) Directory
Like many of the important Linux system directories, the / mnt directory is located directly below the / (root) directory.
Now have a look at the contents of the / mnt directory and find out what the Linux OS uses it for.
Examples of Running the Linux ls Command to View System Directories and the / mnt Directory
When you're working at the Linux command line prompt, you can use a; (semicolon) between commands to run multiple commands at once.
Use the three commands on one line below to: clear the screen, change to the root directory, and list the contents of this directory. Do not use the "-l" option of the ls command. Do not type in the $ representing the prompt.
$ clear; cd / /; ls
Notice the mnt directory, which is below the / (root) directory in the full path of / mnt.
Viewing the Contents of the / mnt Directory Path
Without changing directory, run the following command to see the contents of the / mnt directory.
$ ls -l / mnt
On your system this directory may be empty and my not be used and the / media directory may be used instead.
On older Linux systems (that are still in use) the / mnt directory is used to contain directories (subdirectories) that are used for "mount points". And the directories below / mnt are typically used for disk drives that use removable media, such as a floppy disk drives and CD-ROM drives.
For example, to provide a "mount point" (and give access to the) CD-ROM drive in a system, the / mnt directory contains a subdirectory named cdrom.
In addition to directories below / mnt that represent devices that use removable media, such as / mnt / cdrom this directory can also contain directories that are the mount points for non-Linux partitions in a system.
For example, you could create a directory in / mnt named driveC and use this as the mount point for the first Windows partition (drive C 🙂 that is on a disk in a dual-boot system.
The Linux mnt system directory and the ls command concepts covered here apply to ALL Linux distributions and versions, including Red Hat, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Debian, SUSE, Fedora and Slackware Linux.