Linux, /etc/fstab

I am using RHEL 6.x, and I am still a bit confused

What is the difference between the following two mounts

10.14.12.24:/home/data /xxxx nfs4 soft,intr  0  0

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10.14.12.24:/home/data /xxxx nfs4 defaults,soft,intr  0  0

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and which should I use ?
Los Angeles1Asked:
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CEHJCommented:
Wrong TA !
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Los Angeles1Author Commented:
I do not understand the comment
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CEHJCommented:
You've posted a Linux question (only) in the Java TA. Why?
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woolmilkporcCommented:
"defaults" is short for these options: rw, suid, dev, exec, auto, nouser, and async

It is only needed as a placeholder in case that you don't want to specify any options - fstab is field-sensitive which means that a field (the 4th in this case) cannot be left empty if more fields (the dump and fsck order fields) are to follow.

In your particular case "defaults" is unnecessary - both statements do exactly the same.
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