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After that I tried to mount the folder via its full name (/var/...), but the console is saying: mount: can't find /var/xxxxxxxxx/xxxxx/xxx/ in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab

Thanks for your help,

EDIT: to complete my issue, I can actually see the unmounted folder, but I can't upload via FTP anyfile in it, although creating files via the console (touch test) does work.

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Can you please be more specific? How exactly have you tried to remount your folder? – MariusPontmercy Jul 22 '10 at 12:28
Also maybe let us know what OS you're using, might just help... – Chopper3 Jul 22 '10 at 12:29
Linux? Solaris? BSD? Which version? OK its not vfstab so its not Solaris... – kmarsh Jul 22 '10 at 12:29
Chances are the mount point of the folder you want is a parent of the folder, and not the folder itself, and/or you need to specify the partition being mounted. – kmarsh Jul 22 '10 at 12:31
Hi, the OS is a debian. I can't see how more specific I could as it is exactly everything that has happened. Cheers. – Nicolas Jul 22 '10 at 12:35
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Cross-Platform Compatible Method:
If it's one of the normal mount points, just reboot and it'll fix itself.

Most *nix OSes:
Run mount -a and it will automount all the default mount points.

If it's not a default mount point (in fstab or mtab):
You'll have to manually mount it again; you must have manually mounted it once, so just do the same thing again.

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Hi, I tried the mount -a, but the problem is still there. Actually to be more precise, I can see and go into the directory, but there's nothing in it even if I move some files to (using an FTP protocol). Cheers. – Nicolas Jul 22 '10 at 12:39
Mount takes two arguments normally, a block device argument and mounts it to a folder argument. For example mount /dev/da0s1a /mnt works for me (your block device would be different). If the folder is listed in fstab then you can cheat and only give mount the folder argument; it will look up the device in the fstab file. – Chris S Jul 22 '10 at 12:52
Yes, I know I have to specify and I tried without a second argment, but as it is a folder within sda1, what shoulb it be then? Is there any way to know "where" it has been unmounted? – Nicolas Jul 22 '10 at 13:09
Alright, so actually, the mount-a seemed to has solved my problem, thanks! – Nicolas Jul 22 '10 at 13:20

What is the exact syntax of the mount command you used to attempt a remount? IIRC, your partition to directory mapping varies from distro to distro in Unix environments, meaning /var/ can be on a separate partition or just under / with other directories on the same partition. Your setup may vary, but I have not seen a popularish distro where the a sub-directoyr of /var/ is mounted separate, but that does not mean much. What are other things are in your fstab config?

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Hi, I did a : mount /var/www/folder/subfoler which lead to this result. Cheers. – Nicolas Jul 22 '10 at 12:36

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