||Creating Mountpoints for Partitions
Adding a new hard disk to the native Mac always creates a new Volume on the Desktop. This hack lets you use separate partitions as dedicated directories such as /Users/ or /Applications/
This is a very important hack. When mounting a new hard disk (or repartitioning an old one), there are many cases when you want the new partition to appear to the end user as a simple directory (as is common in Unix or Linux systems). The best example is adding a new large disk to contain all the User directories. Having the partitions appear on the Desktop as separate volumes invites a novice to change their names, thus destroying any mapping done via NetInfo,
This detailed hack is actually on the macosxhints web site:
Create a customized mount point system
Fri, Oct 11 '02 at 08:34AM • from: Numbski
When upgrading between major versions of the OS (i.e Jaguar to Panther), which require booting from an install CD, the upgrade CD's don't respect the native fstab or local settings, but instead use their own default settings as found on the CD. Just re-apply the hack after you do the install and all is fine again.
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