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Old 08-20-2005, 04:39 PM   #1
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dsl 1.2 newbie-help pls window navigation

I would appreciate anyone's assistance accessing files.

i'm booting with a live-cd of DSL1.2 on my (old) Windows98 machine.
it boots fine and works apparently fine.

what i don't know how to do is access my current files on my hard-drive.

for instance, if i have a .txt file or an .mp3 file on my "c:" drive, how to i get to them to read or write with DamnSmall Linux??.

there is an button on the right side of the screen which looks like it should mount the hardrive "hda". i click it , and it glows green.

i don't how to navigate to my hard-drive files, because:
1) i am a new to linux
2) i have been brainwashed for too long by windows95,98 etc ...
3) i don't understand and can't find on the internet a document which explains directory naming/structure that a dummy like me could understand.

i thank you for your time in advance,

Old 08-20-2005, 11:15 PM   #2
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I don't know if I can help you out, because I don't use DSL right now.
However, open a terminal and type man mount. That may give you a better idea on how to mount your Windows partition.
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You can look at /etc/fstab by typing 'cat /etc/fstab' in your shell. This should give you a better idea of what your windows partition is called.

You can use the slit on the right hand side of the desktop to mount it by clicking the little button that looks like a screw. You can also do the same thing in emelfm (in the menu apps->tools->emelfm as superuser) and going to /mnt/hda1 (just assuming that this is your windows partition), right click on it and select 'mount'. Another way of doing the same in the shell is becoming root and typing 'mount /dev/hda1 mnt/hda1' and to unmount type 'umount /mnt/hda1'. Once the drive has been mounted you should be able to look at whats on the drive by navigating to /mnt/hda1 in emelfm or from the shell.

Hope this helps.


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