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Are you logged as root when doing /etc/fstab modification?
I also suggest you move from
/dev/hda6 /mnt/data1 auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0
/dev/hda7 /mnt/data2 auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0
/dev/hda6 /mnt/data1 auto noauto,user,kudzu 0 0
/dev/hda7 /mnt/data2 auto noauto,user,kudzu 0 0
in order can mount/unmount as ordinary user
To clarify a bit more I have installed a copy of the new RedHat version Fedora and I am trying to set up a migration plan for me and other clients to have an alternative other than windows.
After rebooting several times, it looks like the /mnt directory is fine and still has the necessary folders for the data1 and data2 mounts. The fstab still updates at startup and of course only has the cdrom, floppy, and zip, and does not include hda6 and hda7.
When I reboot and do my mounts in root terminal mode for hda6 and hda7, everything is fine and I am able to see and use the partitions.
So, I guess this is how it works. Again, I am still new at learning linux, so I guess I have to take one thing/step at a time.
Thank you for your input and help. Any reply comments are greatly appreciated.
As a side note for a newbie, what distribution do you recommend? RedHat, SuSE, Mandrake, etc??
Your problem is kudzu is rewriting the lines that you edited in /etc/fstab. Get rid of the kudzu option if you make any changes of your own to a particular mount point. You can also change the filesystem type to "vfat" since it doesn't need to be set as "auto".