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Old 08-03-2004, 08:44 AM   #1
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Accidentaly deleted fstab file

i know this sounds stupid but i accidentaly deleted the contents of the fstab file. Now i wont boot. it says something like file system corrupted. what can i do ?? any help would be apprecaited. thanks.

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Old 08-03-2004, 09:12 AM   #2
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Use the rescue mode provided by your distro CD, then create another /etc/fstab.
That's why you shouldn't muck around using the root account.
Old 05-11-2006, 12:59 AM   #3
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I have done the same thing.. i backed up the fstab file but the backup too appears to be blank. My machine is still on and i dont plan on rebooting till ive got that fstab file all propper. How do you recreate it with the correct settings in there?

Old 05-11-2006, 01:06 AM   #4
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Distro CD

Use rescue mode on the distro CD1/DVD, as already stated.
Old 05-11-2006, 01:09 AM   #5
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ahk, cool.. sorry..
I thought that the rescue tool simply allowed you to boot with no fstab file and then from there you had to re create it some other way..
Old 05-11-2006, 01:40 AM   #6
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You can always write your own fstab by hand. It's not hard.

Here's a sample for gentoo installation docs:
/dev/hda1   /boot     ext2    defaults,noatime     1 2
/dev/hda2   none      swap    sw                   0 0
/dev/hda3   /         ext3    noatime              0 1

none        /proc     proc    defaults             0 0
none        /dev/shm  tmpfs   nodev,nosuid,noexec  0 0

/dev/cdroms/cdrom0    /mnt/cdrom    auto      noauto,user    0 0
Just modify the above to suit your system and that's it

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Old 05-11-2006, 02:34 AM   #7
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If I still had an active machine, I'd cat /etc/mtab to fstab. Will be missing some things like CD, floppy, mount options ...
Should be enough to get you up though.

Then play all you like with recovery options.


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