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Old 06-28-2003, 11:53 AM   #1
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Fstab editing


I'm not sure which forum my question should be in so I defaulted to the general one.

Basically I'm wondering how I go about gaining access to my Windows partitions in Linux (in this case Debian 3 testing /unstable - knoppix HDD install).

I'm guessing I have to edit my Fstab file do make the system aware of their mount points on boot up, but as someone whos more used to the "wrapped up in cotton wool" system config of Windows , editing text config files scares the hell outta me

Can anyone help me out here or give me links to somewhere I can read more about Fstab txt config file editing and editing config files in general ?

Finally is it a bad idea to have the Windows partitons auto mounted on boot up (My current M$ OS is Windows XP Home, with the system on a NTFS partition and all other partitions on FAT32 - for Linux read/write access)

Old 06-28-2003, 01:22 PM   #2
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I also used to be very nervous of editing text files. 2 things help.

1 - make a backup called, for instance, fileyouareediting.bak - for obvious reasons.

2 - use Midnight Commander. In a console, just type in mc and it opens. You may need to locate a package on the web to install, first.

I don't think there's any problem with automounting Windows partitions on boot, I do

Here's the relevant part of my /etc/fstab for you to look at -

/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows vfat iocharset=iso8859-15,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
Old 06-28-2003, 01:40 PM   #3
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you may want to use pico instead of mc if you arent very familiar wiht linux yet, its simply more user friendly but mc and vi have mroe features, there is no problem automounting those, and you can also automoutn your NTFS just make sure its read-only to open pico or any other console based editor use "pico /where/file/is"
Old 06-29-2003, 05:11 PM   #4
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would a setup be very different for a fat32 on RH9?
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you mean as in redhat as oppose to debian or knoppix? no it's exactly the same for any distro... these things are too low level to be affected by the distro.


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