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Old 07-30-2007, 04:15 PM   #16
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And this morning it works! No idea cares why. I'll write a script for the unmounting problem, and problem solved. Thank you everyone, but thank you especially stress junkie. If there is any way I can thank you, don't hesitate to shoot me an email.
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Old 09-11-2008, 06:11 PM   #18
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Thank you stress junkie!

I know it's [I]wrong[I] to revive an old thread, but the advice about killing the process saved me having to reinstall. I spent four hours Googling and had tried nearly everything before finally stumbling across this solution;
Originally Posted by stress_junkie View Post
That's exactly like the example that I showed you. That means that you must have a process that is using vi to edit the /etc/mtab file. The process id is 17717. Try this.
sudo kill -9 17717
That should free up the /etc/mtab file. In the future don't edit the /etc/mtab file.
This solved the problem with the lock on /etc/mtab ,and I can now mount my ntfs hdd's. As an aside, I have a persistent install of 8.04 running on a 4Gb USB flash drive. Can't believe how smooth it is!

Thanks again to a fantastic community!
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