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Old 07-08-2005, 11:29 AM   #1
el kab0ng
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mounting a fat32 drive in SuSE 9.1

I am having a problem getting my windowsd drive to mount at startup in suse 9.1 personal. Using the yast partitioner tool I am able to mount it manually, but when I take a look at fstab after doing this it appears no changes have been made. I have also tried adding a line manually, but I must be missing something because it does not mount on startup and if a try "mount -a" from the console as root, i get "line 4 in /etc/fstab is bad"

Here is what fstab looks like right now...

/dev/hda4 / reiserfs acl,user_xattr 1 1
/dev/hda1 /windows/C ntfs ro,users,gid=users,umask=0002,nls=utf8 0 0
/dev/hda3 swap swap pri=42 0 0
/dev/hdb5 /windowsd fat32 rw, users 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
/dev/cdrecorder /media/cdrecorder subfs fs=cdfss,ro,procuid,nosuid,nodev,exec,iocharset=utf8 0 0
/dev/dvd /media/dvd subfs fs=cdfss,ro,procuid,nosuid,nodev,exec,iocharset=utf8 0 0
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy subfs fs=floppyfss,procuid,nodev,nosuid,sync 0 0
any ideas on what I am missing? Why is it that the yast partitioner doesn't do this for me?

p.s. The yast partitioner tool seems to see my second hard drive twice, i.e. it shows a /hdb2 partition of 28.4G as "extended" as well as the /hdb5 28.4G partition as windows 95 fat32...could this have anything to do with my troubles?
Old 07-08-2005, 11:37 AM   #2
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Change the filesystem type from fat32 to vfat, and remove the space after rw, . I think that should fix line 4.
Old 07-08-2005, 11:49 AM   #3
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yup it sure did....I actually figured that out myself right after I posted. It's weird how you sometimes realize your mistake only after you ask a question, huh?

still, I wonder how I was able to mount the drive "manually" (i.e. after startup) using the Yast partitioner tool without it adding that line to fstab. Any ideas on why that might be so?


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