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Old 11-10-2006, 05:47 PM   #1
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How do you get partitions to show on "Computer"

Hey, I finally got my fat32 harddisk to mount automatically in Fedora by adding a line in Fstab, but it doesn't show up in "Computer" on the desktop. How would I get it to show up there? Is there a special way you're supposed to mount partitions in Fedora?
Old 11-10-2006, 06:36 PM   #2
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Hi badmofo

In Fstab you should have specified a location where your fat32 partition is mounted. Although I am not certain how to place a shortcut in the "Computer" folder, you can add one to your desktop by typing

$ ln -s /path/to/your/mount/point

in Terminal once you have changed directory to the Desktop.

Old 11-10-2006, 06:43 PM   #3
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No, and what shows up in "Computer" depends on the desktop application you're using.

In your /etc/fstab, what permissions did you assign to the partitions, and where did you mount the drive? Usually a drive is mounted as a directory under /mnt. If that's what you did, go to FileSystem->mnt->{directory name you used}, and you should see the drive there. (If the permissions were not set, the drive will be "read only" unless you're logged in as "root" -- which you should not be.)

Here's an example from my fstab on my notebook:
/dev/hda1               /mnt/WinXP/c            ntfs    ro,uid=PCT,gid=disk 1 0
/dev/hda2               /mnt/WinXP/d            vfat    uid=PCT,gid=disk 1 2
FYI: My notebook (a Gateway M3) has a BIOS which forces me to have an XP partition as hda1, so I access it as a NTFS ro partition.

<edit>You should be aware that *NIX system use the "single directory tree" model, so all drives (or partitions) are found somewhere under "/". The specific place where the drive is found is the mount point you specify when you mount it.

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Old 11-11-2006, 06:42 AM   #4
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I have it mounted and working at /mnt/storage, but how exactly would I get it into "Computer" in Gnome, and for possible future reference KDE?
Old 11-12-2006, 07:52 AM   #5
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I've got a link to my vfat partions on the desktop, (as snecklifter says), and also to links in "computer", not if the ;ater is because of the former or not. But it's worth a try.


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