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Old 04-19-2006, 04:25 AM   #1
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ls -l hangs on mounted fat32 partition

Hello, I'm a linux newbie hoping for some help.

Problem is that ls -l hangs when I use it in any directory on my mounted fat32 partition.
I run slackware 10.2 on an ACER laptop with a precompiled 2.4 kernel (from the installation disk).
My disk structure looks like this:

/dev/hda1 mounted on /ntfs Windows boot partition, NTFS
/dev/hda5 mounted on /fatd partition for general storage (Problem partition), Fat32
/dev/hda6 mounted on / Linux partition
/dev/hda7 swap partition

ls -l works fine on any of the other (fs) partitions, but hangs when I run it on the fat32 one. A clean ls works fine on the fat32 partition as well. Also, after it hangs, I have to wait about 10 minutes until I can unmount the partition, because it says the device is busy. Also, I have no links to other partitions on that drive.

Edit: I just read another post about someone having problems mounting a fat32 partition, and I figure the problem might be fixed by changing some of the column 4 flags in the fstab, I'll try this when I get back from work.. Right now I'm stuck with windows

Oh, and another question. Is 1.7GB a sensible swap size for a machine with 1Gig ram? I hear alot of different opinions on this and would appreciate some feedback. I'll use linux mostly for programming and web development.

Last edited by svennerstal; 04-19-2006 at 08:39 AM.
Old 04-20-2006, 04:58 AM   #2
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usually recommanded twice RAM size.
Should be about ok then. Not clued up to say more.
I do not know if there is a swap size not to exceed.

Try to run ls -l
and do a tail -f /var/log/syslog beforehand in another terminal
it will tell you what is wrong


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