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Old 01-14-2008, 09:58 PM   #1
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Unhappy Terminal commands: how to create a directory in ext2 partition on flash drive


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I am attempting to setup a bootable Backtrack USB flash drive following their instructions. I need to create a directory "changes" on the ext2 partition i've set up on my flash drive. The device is sdb
I have 2 partitions as required: /dev/sdb1 Fat16 and /dev/sdb2 ext2
I am totally stuck as i don't know the command to create a directory in /dev/sdb2. I've tried all sorts of things, no luck. I can't even figure out how to change the prompt from root, or home/system or whatever, to /dev/sdb2. Gparted doesn't allow this either.
I know i'm off track here, and would really appreciate some insight. It's not for a lack of trying...

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Old 01-14-2008, 10:14 PM   #2
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well you need to format the partition with an ext2 file system if you have not yet done so. just creating a partition does not make it usable, it must still be formatted.

mke2fs /dev/sdb2

then you need to mount the partition, in order to mount the partition you need a directory to mount it to ..

mkdir /media/usbext2

then mount ext2 partition on the USB drive to the directory you just created

mount /dev/sdb2 /media/usbext2

Change into the ext2 partition on the USB device..

cd /media/usbext2

Verify you are in the /media/usbext2 directory..

pwd

Create your directory called changes

mkdir changes

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Old 01-14-2008, 10:14 PM   #3
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you need to mount it first
su
type password here
mkdir /mnt/flashdrive
mount -t ext2 /dev/sdb1 /mnt/flashdrive
then cd to the directory
cd /mnt/flashdrive
then make the directory
mkdir changes
 
Old 01-14-2008, 10:18 PM   #4
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EDIT: Never mind - there's plenty of quicker typing going on...
 
Old 01-14-2008, 11:52 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies, i did the following steps that were given and then got an error:

mke2fs /dev/sdb2

then you need to mount the partition, in order to mount the partition you need a directory to mount it to ..

mkdir /media/usbext2

then mount ext2 partition on the USB drive to the directory you just created

mount /dev/sdb2 /media/usbext2mke2fs /dev/sdb2


After this command I got the following error: can't find /dev/sdb2/media/usbext2 in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab
 
Old 01-14-2008, 11:56 PM   #6
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Wink

I got it! Thanks to both that gave the information, i used both sets of details and got it done. No further help required on this. Thanks again.
 
Old 01-14-2008, 11:57 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gordon__1 View Post
Thanks for the replies, i did the following steps that were given and then got an error:

mke2fs /dev/sdb2

then you need to mount the partition, in order to mount the partition you need a directory to mount it to ..

mkdir /media/usbext2

then mount ext2 partition on the USB drive to the directory you just created

mount /dev/sdb2 /media/usbext2mke2fs /dev/sdb2


After this command I got the following error: can't find /dev/sdb2/media/usbext2 in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab
the correct syntax for the command is mount -t ext2 /dev/sdb1 /media/usbbext2
 
  


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