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I'm new to Linux, the installation and everything went fine though.
I am using Mandrake 10.0 official with the KDE enviroment.
it's a DUAL-HD system, a Western Digital 10Gb and a Maxtor 40Gb
I have a dual-boot system:
1) 10GB. HD: Win XP Pro NTFS
2) 40GB HD: Linux Mandrake Ext2 + swap (510Mb)
The problem here is that I cannot write to the /mnt/hd directory, or do ANYTHING in that directory, even changing the access rights is impossible. I have also tried it with root privileges, the effect is the same.
When I select the HD and select properties it says that my HD = 0 bytes, although the Ext2 partition is around 37Gb.
When I check this through the "control pannel" it correctly shows HDA = windows and HDB = linux with 510Mb swap and the rest being the HD ext2.
Can anybody tell me what the hell is going on here and how I can fix this.
(Lilo bootloader on floppy)
P.S I can write anywhere else but not on the HD....
Post the contents of your /etc/fstab. Problems of this type are most often incorrect options in fstab.
One other thing. Since you are new to Linux, it's necessary to use the mount command to mount a device, if it isn't listed in fstab to mount automatically on boot.
Example: Suppose your fstab mounts the drive ro (read only), you won't be able to write to that drive. If the drive isn't listed in fstab, it won't be mounted, and when you try to look into that drive using your file manager, you won't see anything because it isn't mounted.
The mount command: mount /dev/hdb1 /mnt/hd, or mount /dev/hdb1, or mount /mnt/hd will all mount the first partition of hdb, if it's listed in fstab. It it's not listed, it won't be recognized and you'll get an error message telling you that it isn't a valid device.
The fstab entry should look something like:
/dev/hdb1 /mnt/hd ext2 rw,auto,user 1 1
or /dev/hdb1 /mnt/hd ext2 defaults 1 1
I thinks it has something to do with Windows cause it doesn't use 2Mb (at my PIII it was 8Mb) of the harddisk for it's Windows partition. It's pretty annoying and I didn't get rid of it either. I've deleted it from the desktop instead (configure desktop).
Oh yes, the first line:
/dev/hdb5 / ext2 defaults 1 1 This is the root-directory of your Linux.
You shouldn't be able to write to the Windows-partition, or does Mdk 10 ship with write-support on NTFS?
But to your question: I don't think there's really anything wrong. The 'supermount'-feature mounts the partition when you access the directory where it's to be mounted. However, using Mdk 9.1 I've noticed that a disc mounted by supermount doesn't show up with 'du'. If you can access it, read & write I don't think there's anything to bother about.
I don't understand the filesystem-setting though?