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Old 06-07-2003, 01:53 PM   #1
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to: Rick, help with linuxconf

Hey Rick. I have questions about linuxconf. I have a book here but it's from Redhat Linux 7.1. I have 8.0. I know jon already helped me write to my windows partition. I would like to follow along with the book. I will give you the instructions on how to do this. After you read can you help me get access to linuxconf.


If you created a two-OS installation that includes Microsoft Windows, as Chapter 3, "Special Installations," describes, you can access the data in your Windows partition. However, you can't run Windows progams.

1. Start Linuxconf, if necessary. To do so, choose Main Menu->programs->System->Linuxconf.

2. In the left panel, scroll down to File Systems. If the options are hidden, click the plus sign.

3. Click Access Local Drive. You'll see the Local Volume page.

4. In the Source column, locate the partition that has the VFAT (Windows) file system. This is probably /dev/hda1, but this location could vary, depending how you system is set up.

5. Click the partition that contains your Windows data. You'll see the Volume Specification screen.

6. In the Mount point area, type /mnt/windows.

7. Click Options.

8. Check User Mountable so you can access your Windows data from your user account.

9. Click Accept.

10. Click Dismiss

11. Click File->Act/Changes.

When you exit Linuxconf, right-click the desktop background and choose Recreate Desktop Shortcuts. You'll see a new hard disk icon on the desktop. You can double-click this icon to access your Windows data.

Can i do this in Redhat 8?? Please reply back. Thanks Rick.
Old 06-07-2003, 02:25 PM   #2
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Linuxconf isn't installed by default with Redhat 8 as its buggy and unstable, one reason they don't recommend it any longer.
You should consider doing it by other means, either installing maybe webmin if you prefer doing it with the GUI or maybe just manually configuring from the command.
I would recommend learning the command line, as linuxconf isn't going to always be available and you'll learn so much more about your system.

Old 06-07-2003, 03:05 PM   #3
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I may have used linuxconf a few times back when I had Red Hat 7.2. I do not remember much about it. At the moment I have Red Hat 9 running on my new computer and Red Hat 8 running on my old computer. I am using Gnome instead of KDE on each. So anyway, the main menus got redesigned in Red Hat 8.0. Your instructions are describing where to look for linuxconfig in the old Linux 7.1 menus.

Most books describe how to mount partitions by editing the fstab file. I have mounted my Windows ME fat 32 partition that way but have not yet tried to mount my Windows 2000 NTFS partition. I will need to read how to do that sometime. I usually look up things like that in the Red Hat Linux 8.0 Bible. You once told me you use Windows XP so you most likely have an NTFS partition for Windows. It is probably possible to mount those under Linux but I do not know for sure. When I mount my Windows ME FAT32 partition I always end up needing to use the su command before I can actually write to that partition. I do not know how to set the permissions on a FAT32 partiton so that would not be necessary.

I mentioned that I am running Red Hat 9 on my new computer and Red Hat 8 on at the moment on my old computer. I use the same monitor, keyboard and mouse for both and with the help of a KVM switch I can switch back and forth between looking at my old computer and my new computer. That way I do not need seperate monitors, mice and keyboards for both. I also have Red Hat 7.3 installed on my new computer but did not want to bother rebooting to look to see if linuxconfig was in it.

Be sure to practice using commands such as ls, cd, pwd, mkdir, rmdir and cp. Those will come in handy for various things you may want to try in the future. Those commands have not changed in years and the instructions on using those in your Red Hat 7.1 book would still work. Those commands are very easy to learn to use.

With many things in Linux they can be done either by using a point -and-click GUI type program or by entering commands. Either method will work. Some of the point-and-click programs used for those purposes have changed with various versions of Red Hat Linux. I am glad to see that you finally got a book and are reading some. It should help, too bad those instructions did not match what you had in Red Hat 8.0. Fortunately, most things have not changed since Red Hat 7.1.
Old 06-07-2003, 03:24 PM   #4
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I forgot to mentin that I looked and could not find linuxconfig installed under either Red Hat 9 or Red Hat 8. I did not look very hard, but did not see it in any of the menus. I did not try using the find command to each for it. I do not now if it got renamed or more likely is just not there. I pressed a button on my KVM switch to quickly switch to the Red Hat 8 which is currently running on my older computer and looked there too. I then pressed the other button on my KVM swich to look at the Red Hat 9 running on my new computer and did not find it there. So it probably is not in Red Hat 8 or 9.


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