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Old 01-01-2008, 06:01 PM   #1
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Fresh install without killing mount point??


I have one 500 GB drive in my box with a partition and mount point named /ftp


I want to do a fresh install of fedora 8 without killing this directory or its contents. Is this possible?
 
Old 01-01-2008, 06:55 PM   #2
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Yes. :-)
 
Old 01-01-2008, 06:57 PM   #3
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To be more specific, you need to figure out what partition is being mounted on /ftp (df can help) and when you install Fedora 8 simply choose not to format that partition (you'll need to go into manual partition set up to set up your other partitions that you do qwant formatted -- don't choose the auto-partitioner). I like to make a back-up anyway just in case I get sticky fingers and format the wrong thing, but it is doable.
 
Old 01-02-2008, 07:46 AM   #4
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To be more specific, you need to figure out what partition is being mounted on /ftp (df can help) and when you install Fedora 8 simply choose not to format that partition (you'll need to go into manual partition set up to set up your other partitions that you do qwant formatted -- don't choose the auto-partitioner). I like to make a back-up anyway just in case I get sticky fingers and format the wrong thing, but it is doable.

Thank You BT. I tried this last night (I did make a backup thank god) and when I rebooted the partition was still there but not mounted. I created a mount point (mkdir /mnt/ftp then did mount /dev/sda4 /mnt/ftp) and I got it mounted. The problem was I had to do that every time I rebooted and even then none of the user account could mount the partition without root access.

I have only been using linux for a couple months so I do not know too much. Can you explain or point me to some good info on how I would have accomplished this correctly?
 
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In the installer, you should have clicked on the partition and told it to mount it as /mnt/ftp -- sorry, I should have mentioned this to you in my previous reply. Now that you have it though, just add the partition to /etc/fstab so it gets mounted automatically on boot. Assuming the filesystem is ext3, the line would look something like:

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/dev/sda4      /mnt/ftp        ext3  defaults         0     2
 
  


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