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Old 07-29-2003, 05:05 AM   #1
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How do I change "fstab" to Write/Edit Mode?


I am unable to edit the "fstab" of /etc/fstab.

I logged in as root and tried to change the permissions of
"fstab" in the following sequence:

i) cd ..
ii) cd ..
iii) cd etc
iv) chmod -r fstab ( I am not sure whether this synatx is correct)

But I got a "permission denied" message.

1) Do I have to login as "root" to add an entry into
the "/etc/fstab" or can I do it logged in as a normal user.

2) Does the RedHat OS keep a separate "fstab" for each user
or does it access a single file for all users?

Here I am basically trying to make an entry into "fstab" so that
the RedHat OS will detect my Windows OS partition as well.

Old 07-29-2003, 05:09 AM   #2
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1) root only. that's the point of root existing, so people can't bugger around with things like that.

2) no, that's nonsense i'm afraid. completley wrong scope. fstab is not related to user accounts in anyway at all.
Old 07-29-2003, 05:11 AM   #3
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2. A central file, but it can contain data to allow users to mount/umount and use a certain device.

Old 07-29-2003, 06:09 AM   #4
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i found to edit fstab, all you need to do is open the path to fstab in your browser. Now you are looking at fstab now what you want to do is open it in a text editor and make your changes. Save the changes and reload fstab. Hopefully that helps you out.
Old 07-29-2003, 08:52 AM   #5
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hi Sharathkv

As Root - use an Editor from the Command line.

Open a terminal

root password

vi /etc/fstab

Second - No - there's only 1 filesystem table file - /etc/fstab


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