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I'm using RH 7.3 with the out-of-box kernel cofiguration.
I can see from the kernel configurator that support for vfat and reiserfs are not compiled directly into the kernal nor as a module. Yet I am able to mount all my drives by editing fstab and setting up coresponding directories in /mnt. Given what I "believe" to be true regarding the kernel parameters, it dosn't seem like I should be able to do this. I can read these drives and transer file between them as long as I'm root.
I'm running a multi boot syatem with win98, RH 7.3 (Ext3), and SuSE 8.0 (Reiserfs).
Just a newbie (2 months) and trying to figure it all out.
When you mount and access the files, immediately issue the command lsmod and see if the filesystem-in-question's module has been loaded. If so, then the kernel module has been created and installed, regardless of what the kernel configurator says - btw, what do you mean by that? What is the 'kernel configurator'?
By "kernel configurator" I mean one of 2 things...
In KDE, in the Control Center there is an entry under the "system" heading by this name. It brings up a graphical representation of the kernel options with either a green check for compiled in the kernel, a gear symbol for compiled as a module, or a red X for option disabled.
Alternately, after entering "make xconfig" at the bash prompt from /usr/src/linux*, you get a similar representation.
My assumption(s), possibly incorrect, was that the options as checked represented the options compiled in the currently running kernel. Therefore if an option was shown disabled and/or not compiled as a module, then the module would not exist to install unless the the kernal was reconfigured.
I am interested because, in my SuSE distro, parallel port support is enabled and printing worked out of the box. In RedHat, parallell printing support is disabled and I have yet to get the printer to print. I thought I might have to reconfigure the kernel to able to print.
Usually in RH 7.3 you shouldn't have to compile anything to get your printer to work, should work straight out of the box, as long as your printer is supported, and as for the vfat and reiserfs those should be supported out of the box too...
I looked and saw the paraport module (among others) are are present but not loaded. My problem is one of not understanding modules correctly. There were things I did not try because I assumed some thing else was the problem.
My reason for asking the initial question was that the first distro I tried was RH. I had no idea what I was doing and became frustrated with RH. I picked up SusE and was surprised at the difference. I thought duel booting and digging arround to discover why this happened here and not there would be a good way to learn. It was, but I think it may have cofused me some as well :-)