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Old 11-01-2001, 10:55 AM   #1
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Red face root

How do you make the root writeable?Somehow I read only enabled it while tryiny to mount my zip drive.Was it that line infstab that did it?Now I can't edit fstab and I'm stuck!
Old 11-01-2001, 04:59 PM   #2
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ok... this is a new one.

i take it that you're already logged in as root, and still can't edit the file. have you tried unmounting and then re-mounting the partition as writeable?
Old 11-01-2001, 05:54 PM   #3
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If your logged in as root just change the permissions on it,
Try "chmod 755 <filename>" & that will let you write to it.
Being logged in as root dosent neccesarily mean you can edit everything, but you CAN change the permissions to edit anything you want (assuming your root)


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Old 11-03-2001, 03:32 PM   #4
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If you have mounted your / partition as read-only then you need to unmount and then remount it as read-write as isajera said.
When mounted as read-only nothing can write to it, this is done when booting the system to check if the system was shutdown properly.
If all is okay then the system unmounts and remounts the / partition as read-write.

If you can't unmount your / partition try to boot the system using a rescue floppy/cd. This will make your / partition available to edit any misconfigured files.
Old 11-08-2001, 06:40 PM   #5
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Remounting R/W

To remount the root as RW after the machine has started, type (as root):
mount -o remount,rw /dev/hda3 /
Change hda3 to your root partition, obviously. =)

From there you should be able to fix the fstab.

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