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Old 05-18-2008, 02:13 PM   #1
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renamed mount file by accident

I am brand new ti linux. My issued laptop was hanging up when I tried to boot. I got it to boot and to prevent it from hanging up again I thought I would rename the file that was causing problems. Well it turned out the mount command is important (duh). I have tried to reboot with system rescue. When the laptop boots up i can't find the directory/drive holding the mount command so I can change it back. Not being familiar with linux in the first place the help sections are not helping much. I have been working on this for 30 hours now and am stumped. Any ideas please
Old 05-18-2008, 02:23 PM   #2
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The commands to automatically mount partitions are in /etc/fstab.

When you boot into system rescue you are dealing with two different operating systems. The rescue CD has its own /etc/fstab and you want to repair the /etc/fstab on your hard drive. When you are the rescue system you need to mount your / partition and edit the /etc/fstab on your / partitions. Assuming that you / partition is /dev/hda1 and that it is an ext3 file system then the commands would be:

mkdir /sparrow
mount -t ext3 /dev/hda1 /sparrow
vi /sparrow/etc/fstab

You might prefer to use some other editor than vi. Any editor available on the rescue system will do.

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Old 05-18-2008, 02:56 PM   #3
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error msgs

mount wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda1,
missing code page or helper program,

I tried this using ext2 and ext3. also sda1 sda2 sdb1
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Please supply some more information:

First, I am not clear as to what file you changed (renamed).

Second, while running from a liveCD (rescue system, or whatever) issue the command "fdisk -l" while running as root. Post the results here
Old 05-19-2008, 02:25 PM   #5
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Smile Fixed

IT guy fixed machine today. Used Slack start up disk to gain access to files. Thanks to those who tried to help a newbie.


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