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Old 04-01-2004, 01:56 PM   #1
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Oops- mounted root as read only!

I was fiddling with my fstab, trying to speed things up a bit, and I added that "notail" option to my root filesystem. Problem is, my filesystem is ext3 not reiserfs, so I get an error and it defaults to mounting root as read-only.

I know what I need to do to fix it, but I can't change fstab becuase its read only. I can't umount it - when I try, nothing happens (its still mounted according to mtab).

Any advice?
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Why not boot up with a livecd (Knoppix, Slax, etc) and change it back?
Old 04-01-2004, 02:36 PM   #3
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I'm on dialup--I could do that but it would take a long time.

Is there a more 'elegant' solution? Or some way to use my boot disk - like some sort of command I can pass to the kernel?

Thanks for the reply, though.

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Append init=/bin/sh to the boot command, mount the partition and edit fstab. This might work.
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Ok, no need to do anything crazy, just remount it in read-write:

mount -o remount,rw /

or if the fstab is messing you up:

mount -o remount,rw /dev/hda1 / (or the like)


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