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Old 11-25-2005, 09:12 AM   #1
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accessing fat partition in linux

Hello, I installed linux mandrake and make FAT partition size 1.5GB to share files between linux and windows. I download rpm package from internet (in windows XP) and I copied that to FAT partition so I can install it under linux. Now when I boot to mandrake linux how to find that package i.e. how to acces that FAT partition?

Old 11-25-2005, 09:16 AM   #2
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You should include that partition in your /etc/fstab file to mount it automatically and
have a normal user read/write to it. Adjust this line to suit your situation:
/dev/hda2        /Storage         vfat        users,umask=1000,rw,auto   1   0
In a terminal issue "man mount" and "man fstab" and study them to learn about this.
Old 11-25-2005, 09:20 AM   #3
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With the mount command (as root), e.g.:
mount -t vfat /dev/hdxy /mnt/hdxy -o rw,umask=0
Replace 'hdxy' with the actual name of the partition and '/mnt/hdxy' with a mountpoint of your choice (may need to be created with 'mkdir' first).

To make it permanent, add a line to /etc/fstab, using the same parameters as above, e.g.:

/dev/hdxy   /mnt/hdxy   vfat   auto,umask=0   0 0
EDIT: Seems I was too late

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Old 11-25-2005, 09:40 AM   #4
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to list the partitions on your system login as root:

su - (include the dash)

fdisk -l (l for lama) if you have to specify a drive:

fdisk -l /dev/hda (if its on your first primary disk)
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That's a lot of information at once.
Here, I made a screenshot.
Can you recommend what exactly to do. I'm a bit frustrated since, I'm a linux user for a little more then 25 hours...
Ups it seems I cannot attach picture...
Old 11-26-2005, 05:12 AM   #6
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problem solved

Problem is solved thanks to you guys.
I modiefed that line (bold) in fstab and it worked...
This is my fstab copy file that solved problem
/dev/hdb1 / ext3 defaults 1 1
none /dev/pts devpts mode=0620 0 0
/dev/hdb6 /home ext3 defaults 1 2
none /mnt/cdrom supermount dev=/dev/scd0,fs=auto,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
none /mnt/cdrom2 supermount dev=/dev/hdd,fs=auto,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
none /mnt/floppy supermount dev=/dev/fd0,fs=auto,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
/dev/hda1 /mnt/nt ntfs iocharset=iso8859-1,ro,umask=0 0 0
/dev/hda5 /mnt/nt2 ntfs iocharset=iso8859-1,ro,umask=0 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hdb7 /mnt/win vfat users,rw,auto,umask=0 0 0
/dev/hdb5 swap swap defaults 0 0


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