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Old 07-16-2009, 08:32 PM   #1
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Unhappy Help Edit the /etc/fstab specifically the dump and fsck options


I made another mistake.

I thought I successfully mounted an external hard drive. But when I change /etc/fstab to make the mount permanent, I made a mistake in the 5th and 6th column (dump and fsck options). Now my computer doesn't want to go to the user-friendly thingy but wants "repair".

How can I edit /etc/fstab in the command-line window?

I put this wrong line in the /etc/fstab and I want to change it. How?

/dev/sdb1 /media/mynewdrive ext3 rw,acl,user_xattr 1 4

How can I edit? Thanks in advance.
 
Old 07-16-2009, 09:12 PM   #2
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I made another mistake.

I thought I successfully mounted an external hard drive. But when I change /etc/fstab to make the mount permanent, I made a mistake in the 5th and 6th column (dump and fsck options). Now my computer doesn't want to go to the user-friendly thingy but wants "repair".

How can I edit /etc/fstab in the command-line window?

I put this wrong line in the /etc/fstab and I want to change it. How?

/dev/sdb1 /media/mynewdrive ext3 rw,acl,user_xattr 1 4

How can I edit? Thanks in advance.
I was able to enter the editing mode in the command-line window (black one).

I change the dumb and fsck options from 1 4 to 0 2.

How do I exit this /etc/fstab file to go back to the root directory?

Please Help!
 
Old 07-16-2009, 09:30 PM   #3
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That entirely depends on what editor you are using. How did you enter what you call "the editing mode"? What did you write?
 
Old 07-17-2009, 12:30 AM   #4
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That entirely depends on what editor you are using. How did you enter what you call "the editing mode"? What did you write?
Hi,

I got it!

To enter the file, I use vi editor:

# vi /etc/fstab

It enters the file. I was able to change column 5 and 6, i.e., 1 and 4 by putting the cursor under the number [4], hitting 'r' from keyboard and then change the number into [0] and so forth.

/dev/sdb1 /media/mynewdrive ext3 rw,acl,user_xattr 1 4

so this line change into:

/dev/sdb1 /media/mynewdrive ext3 rw,acl,user_xattr 0 0

then I was able to exit this /etc/fstab by typing ":x". This will save and exit the file.

In the process I created a lot of files:
/etc/.fstab.swp
/etc/.fstab.swj
/etc/.fstab.swl
/etc/.fstab.swm
/etc/.fstab.swn
/etc/.fstab.swo

so I delete the duplicate files one by one by:

# rm /etc/.fstab.sw* (do this command in all the duplicate files)

I check the revised file by this command:

# cat /etc/fstab

and it gives me the edited version.

# exit (Reboot the computer)

Last edited by jollibee; 07-17-2009 at 12:31 AM.
 
  


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