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Old 06-07-2005, 09:55 AM   #1
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Mounting a file


i've got a file which i want to mount. I first opened the file with explore2fs, which allows to view ext2/ext3 files under windows. This worked perfectly well!
Because i want to modify the contents of the file, i copied it to my suse 9.3 workstation and tried to mount it:

mount /home/user/myfile /mnt/mydir -o loop

i also tried without -o loop, with -t ext2 or ext3, tried to losetup it to a device and mount the device, everytime ending up with the error message:
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on .....

I only got this problem with this specific file, i tried with others and viewed them with explore2fs and mounted them under linux without any problems.
I'm not sure, but i think the file contains a root file system, that may be a problem. But the really wired thing is the fact that explore2fs can read the file without any problems.

Any ideas how i could mount the file so i can edit its contents?

Thanks in advance
Old 06-07-2005, 10:18 AM   #2
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what partition is your home directory on?

you can do a df -h command to show your partition table or a fdisk command.

you might have something messed up. OR if your home directory is on the same partition as your linux then you don't need to mount it

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thanks for your answer, but my homedir is fine, i want to mount a file (myfile) but i just keep getting this error
Old 06-07-2005, 12:01 PM   #4
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Can I ask what kind of file it is? The reason I'm asking is that the overwhelming majority of files don't need to be mounted in order to be edited. The drive the file exists on has to be mounted, but the file itself doesn't.


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