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I have a remote filesystem on Storage Area Network accessed by Fibre Channel cards. These cards need firmware to work under Debian. I want this filesystem to be mounted by systemd after firmware loading is finished.

But systemd is stupid enough to treat my remote filesystem as local and tries to mount it as a local-fs.target early during boot when the FC cards are not operatable yet!

I tried adding x-systemd.requires=network-online.target in /etc/fstab, but it just creates a dependency loop (i.e. to start network the local filesystem need to be mounted, and to mount my remote (treated by systemd as local) filesystem network needs to be running).

I checked https://www.freedesktop.org/software/systemd/man/systemd.mount.html

Any ideas how to tackle it?

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  • Edit: I think I found a way: make a /lib/systemd/system/mnt-scratch.mount file and under [Unit] add a line After=multipathd.service – Met Aug 12 '16 at 16:03

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