UUID on disk partitions are normally set by major Linux distribution installers during a fresh install and are then used to mount the partition in /etc/fstab. This address the problem of changing device name of the partition which the partition could then no longer be correctly mounted via fstab.

Disk partition UUID could be configured from the terminal in Linux.

Configure disk partition UUID in Linux:

  1. Launch terminal application.
  2. Generate UUID using uuidgen.
    $ uuidgen
    39ea80c4-e748-47eb-835c-64025de53e26

    uuidgen is normally installed by default in most Linux systems.

    You can also get UUID from /proc/sys/kernel/random/uuid.

    $ cat /proc/sys/kernel/random/uuid
    5c27b2b3-58f4-4469-a717-45865f517400
  3. Make sure the partition that you want to assign the UUID is not mounted.
    $ sudo umount /dev/sdb1
  4. Run filesystem check on the partition.
    $ sudo e2fsck -f /dev/sdb1
    e2fsck 1.44.6 (5-Mar-2019)
    Pass 1: Checking inodes, blocks, and sizes
    Pass 2: Checking directory structure
    Pass 3: Checking directory connectivity
    Pass 4: Checking reference counts
    Pass 5: Checking group summary information
    /dev/sdb1: 11/1310720 files (0.0% non-contiguous), 126322/5242624 blocks
  5. Assign UUID to partition using tune2fs.
    $ sudo tune2fs /dev/sdb1 -U 39ea80c4-e748-47eb-835c-64025de53e26
    tune2fs 1.44.6 (5-Mar-2019)
    Setting the UUID on this filesystem could take some time.
    Proceed anyway (or wait 5 seconds to proceed) ? (y,N) y
  6. Check if UUID is properly assigned to the partition.
    $ sudo blkid /dev/sdb1
    /dev/sdb1: UUID="39ea80c4-e748-47eb-835c-64025de53e26" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="2c6a7a3a-01"
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