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Old 07-04-2002, 12:47 PM   #1
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one more question about /mnt/win from Linux ..sorry

Hi. I created /mnt/win and mounted it successfully and had access to all my win98 files.

My questions is
If i rm the directory /mnt/win and all files under it will I in turn delete my win98 partition and all its files??
So that when I boot back into win98 everythings gone?

I don't want this to happen

thnaks newbie
Old 07-04-2002, 01:11 PM   #2
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Yes in deed
Old 07-04-2002, 08:34 PM   #3
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If you run rm -rf /mnt/win, it will delete all the files and directories, but not the partition.

You can mount the partition read-only. Like this:

mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/win -o ro

You could put a line in your /etc/fstab file that would save you a lot of typing and have the partition mounted read-only. Like this:

/dev/hda1 /mnt/win vfat noauto,user,ro 0 0

Then all you have to type is mount /mnt/win.

Substitute the correct partition and file type for hda1 and vfat.

Last edited by linuxcool; 07-04-2002 at 08:37 PM.
Old 07-06-2002, 06:09 AM   #4
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With that entry you will not delete everything, but the badside of that is you cannot add anything to it either. I would just make it a safe practice to NOT type rm -rf instead of denying myself write access to my fat partition. That or...

Make 2 partitions in Winbloze. One is for the system files (C:/Windows;C:/Program Files etc.) and the other is for the files you are going to be transferring back and forth. Files like Music, Movies, txt's whatever. Then you will add 2 lines in your fstab and one will be just as linuxcool has specified, the other will be rw (read/write).

Something like this:

/dev/hda1 /mnt/winC vfat noauto,user,ro 0 0
/dev/hda2 /mnt/winD vfat noauto,user,rw 0 0

Where 1,2 and D,C are replaced with whatever you'd like.


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