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Old 03-15-2004, 11:31 PM   #1
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Blewup FSTAB

I changed my IDE device configuration when I put the computer components into my new case. (I previously had the parts strewn across my desk) After some basic (newbie) diagnostic, I found out that, while my fstab reads /dev/hda# for the hd, I need to use /dev/hdc# . However, I cannot figure out how to change this. I cannot boot normally. The closest I got was a reboot that said "An error has been detected in your hardrive. You may log in to fix the error" (or something similar). When I log in and try to change fstab via emacs, it says the File System is read only. Im stumped!

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Old 03-15-2004, 11:58 PM   #2
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U logged in as root or went to su when you tryed to change it in emacs?
IF so, try VI. if that dont do it, dunno wut to tell ya.
good luck
Old 03-15-2004, 11:59 PM   #3
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do you have a live-cd? knoppix, gentoo, slackware, probly even redhat, fedora, mandrake, most any bootable install cd get to the console or if on a graphical install cd the rescue console, mount the drive and edit it from there, if the cd doesnt have a text editor then chroot into your linux partition and use your normal one mount /dev/hdc1 /mnt/hdc1 chroot /mnt/hdc1 /bin/bash pico /etc/fstab
Old 03-15-2004, 11:59 PM   #4
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As long the system at least boots and you can log in as root, you can fix your fstab. You are probably just logging in as a regular user, but to edit fstab you need to be root. Become root, make your edits, save, reboot and you should be golden. -- J.W.
Old 03-16-2004, 09:32 AM   #5
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After some serious linux *hacking*, ( : I got it to work! Thanks


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