Thank's for the reminder on UNMOUNTING, but that didn't help completely. At least, after trying with unmounting, there appeared no visible error messages anymore. BUT the /var/fstab was deleted nonetheless after switching the external drive off.
Before, when I switched the disk off without unmounting, I got an error message from ext3 which I don't remember exactly, it had something to do with journalling...
I attached my /etc/fstab from the instant BEFORE switching the external disk off.
my /var/log/syslog doesn't seem (in my humble opinion) to contain anything interesting, but anyways, I uploaded a snippet from today.
Perhaps, /var/log/debug helps more. Even if I myslf can't find a solution therein... I attached a snipped fom today.
Some details about my system:
Slackware 12.2 on an Athlon 64 with 1 GB of ram. Nvidia graphics card and so on... If more details are needed, you can find them from the attached log files.
Originally Posted by mostlyharmless
You might need to supply more details for someone to help you out. Perhaps specifying the errors that you see..
I presume that you unmount your USB drive prior to turning it off?