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Old 08-18-2001, 05:12 PM   #1
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Couple questions

Ok, I am using Mandrake i586 8.0

I am having a problem with just a couple things. I have seen A TON of linux documents, and they ALL seem to be written bu people that have used it before. My largest problem right now is getting linux to see my 2nd hardrive that has 3 fat32 partitions.
Can someone help me with that? I have been around MS DOS for a number of years, and think that I should learn to use the command prompt VS the GUI. I have some files that I need from the FAT32 side, as I am not getting my DSL going yet, I have to use another OS to d/l the files, and now need to reach them from linux.

Thanks for any help!!
Eric Rogers
Old 08-19-2001, 12:44 AM   #2
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Accessing Windows from Linux

I had the same problem and then found that you have to have Samba installed in order for Linux to read Windows partitons. At least, that's what I did to solve the problem. Works great. I can navigate and copy files from one disk to another no probs. Of course, you can't do the same with Windows.
Old 08-19-2001, 01:35 AM   #3
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Ok, thanks VERY much for the info! I know how to get it going. Do I need to use any mounting commands to get it to go? Or after Samba running will it just take off?

Thanks again for the reply!
Eric Rogers
Old 08-19-2001, 03:06 AM   #4
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hmmm... you can mount FAT/FAT32 partitions without having to use samba. Just make sure you have suport in the kernel (most default distros do) and then mount them manually or edit your /etc/fstab.

try this... it's a cheater method as it uses the auto detect in the kernel to determine the mount type. The diff between win and *NIX systems is that instead of having diff drive letters (C: D you just have diff mount points (/, /home, /mywindowsdrive.

You need to know the drive location on the IDE chain.
/dev/hda -- primary master
/dev/hdb -- primary slave

/dev/hdc -- secondary master
/dev/hdd -- secondary slave
create a new dir from the root ("/").
cd /
mkdir /mywindows

you need to know which partition you want to be mounted. You can see the partitions with
fdisk -l

don't do anything else with fdisk until you are SURE you know what you're doing.

Let's say that your windows partition is on /dev/hdc1:
mount /dev/hdc1 /mywindows

once that works you can unmount it with
umount /mywindows
(note the spelling it's 'umount' not (uNmount')

If that doesn't work you either don't have the correct permissions or you need some kernel support. You might be able to try a couple of mounting options, but I'll leave that upk to you to browse for in the man pages.

man mount

(yeah it was funny the first hundred times beavis.)
Old 08-19-2001, 03:50 AM   #5
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Ok, again thanks for the reply! I am just starting to scatch the surface of this OS!!! I did get my volumes mounted. Used linuxconf (only works if your loged in as root) and told it to do some mounting. Ofcourse this doens't happen without something called a "mountpoint" which it seems is a logical pointer to a physical harddrive and then a given partition. So that is going, but it doesn't remount them as boot. So I know that I can do this with the chkconfig command. But I don't have the mount commmand line for the added mounts as I had linuxconf do it for me.

thanks for all the help!
Eric Rogers (I did get my adsl going without ANY help via pppoe)
Old 08-19-2001, 04:40 AM   #6
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Well, I am again having a new problem. If this where a microsoft OS I would say that it isn't worth it!! Why does it seem that what ever I try to do, even via written docs, that it doesn't work???? I just d/led a new version of netscape, and it was a gzip. So I unziped it. no problem. but then when I went to install it it won'r run the installer script. It says just type "netscape-installer" and it doesn't work. then I thought it was cuz I wasn't loged in as root, but that isn't it either. Is there some files missing from my install or what? when I "ls" the files I get the netscape-installer with the * and it is green.

Please help, as I am having this problem with other apps to!
Eric Rogers


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