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After the first hang I switched to nano from kedit and it didn't matter it
I have two internal hard drives with etch installed on both and a USB external
backup hard drive. I use GRUB to boot the two internal hard drives.
On the first hard drive(hda1) I'm on my second install of etch because I had
installed LVM the first time but could not find a good Howto on how to set it
up and use it. While LVM was installed I had the same problem not being able
to mount and get to my second hard drive(hdb1).
Not knowing anything about LVM I tried to edit the fstab but it (LVM) would
change all my edits right back to what they were when I closed the file.(I'M
assuming LVM was the culprit.)
Then I re-installed to both drives without LVM and I still cannot mount to the
other drive from the one I'm on.
Before etch,I used both drives with these dists Ubuntu,Kbuntu and SimpleMempis
installed without this mounting problem.
BTW, in a little over a week I Googled up hundreds of these boot hangs:
"Cannot execute "/sbin/getty""
But not one was related to editing the fstab. I did find a lot that blamed it
on bugs in the distro.
I have to leave this now, I got other task I have to go take care of then I
check back in. I want to "Thank you in advance" for taking a look at this.
I do need help as you can see!
I would suggest you change line 5 in /etc/fstab to:
/dev/hdb1 /media/hdb1 <file system> defaults 1 2
where <file system> is the proper file system, such as ext3, reiserfs, jfs, etc.
If that works for you, fine.
If not, you might try commenting that line in /etc/fstab, then boot the computer. Once it is booted, check your /media/hdb1 permissions. Then open a terminal as root and issue "tail -f /var/log/messages" and leave that terminal open. Then in another terminal uncomment that line in /etc/fstab and issue "mount" to see that the drive is not mounted. Then issue "mount -a" and see what errors you get, and if it mounts the drive. Switch back to the terminal reading the /var/log/messages file and see what it outputs.
Distribution: kubuntu 14.04,Registered user #419541 with the Linux Counter
Unable To Edit Fstab
Thank you Bruce Hill
"BINGO" I got it!
Somehow when I created my original mount points I used /medis/hda1 as the mount point, over a week ago. Well it don't work on my system for some reason or another, and I didn't know that.
So, Goggling and trying, Goggling and trying so many different thing it just never occurred to me that I didn't have a mount point. But, now I do.
I used /mnt/hdb1 instead of /media/hdb1 and that worked. Your "check your /media/hdb1 permissions."
got me thinking. So, I re-did my mount point and permissions (first, trying the /media/hdb1) and now I can mount the other drive from where I'm working.
Bruce Hill Thanks a MILLION!
what a bunch of crap I put myself through.
well, maybe this just might help someother hardhead
from a lot of lost time.