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Old 12-14-2007, 12:39 AM   #1
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Unable To Edit Fstab

I can mount my hda1 and my external USB hard drive, but I can't mount my hdb1 internal
hard drive and each time I edit the "fstab" file to make this possible I get
10,000 lines of this during bootup:

Cannot execute "/sbin/getty"
Init Cannot execute "/sbin/getty"
Init execute "/sbin/getty"
Init Id "2" respanning too fast"
disabled for 5 minutes

After 5 minutes it repeats it all over again, over and over non-stop. One day
I even left it for a couple of hours just to see if it would break out of it,
it did not.

Next, I boot using an old SimpleMepis CD, go into fstab and delete what I had
edited in. Reboot and all is well again.

The crazy thing about this is, on the second hard drive with etch installed
on it too I did the hole thing all over again. Had the same exact problem.

I use kedit or nano to edit the "fstab" file and have used both on all systems
files without ever any problems.

Heres a copy of my fstab and the only thing I have edited in this file is the
one line shown below, line No.5: (I added the line numbers just now)

1 # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
2 proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
3 /dev/hda1 / ext3 defaults,errors=remount-ro 0 1
4 /dev/hda5 none swap sw 0 0
5 /dev/hdb1 /media/hdb1 auto rw,user,noauto 0 0
6 /dev/hdc /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto 0 0
7 /dev/scd0 /media/cdrom1 udf,iso9660 user,noauto 0 0
8 /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto 0 0
9 /dev/sda1 /media/usb0 auto rw,user,noauto 0 0

After the first hang I switched to nano from kedit and it didn't matter it
still hung.

I have two internal hard drives with etch installed on both and a USB external
backup hard drive. I use GRUB to boot the two internal hard drives.

On the first hard drive(hda1) I'm on my second install of etch because I had
installed LVM the first time but could not find a good Howto on how to set it
up and use it. While LVM was installed I had the same problem not being able
to mount and get to my second hard drive(hdb1).

Not knowing anything about LVM I tried to edit the fstab but it (LVM) would
change all my edits right back to what they were when I closed the file.(I'M
assuming LVM was the culprit.)

Then I re-installed to both drives without LVM and I still cannot mount to the
other drive from the one I'm on.

Before etch,I used both drives with these dists Ubuntu,Kbuntu and SimpleMempis
installed without this mounting problem.

BTW, in a little over a week I Googled up hundreds of these boot hangs:
"Cannot execute "/sbin/getty""
But not one was related to editing the fstab. I did find a lot that blamed it
on bugs in the distro.

I have to leave this now, I got other task I have to go take care of then I
check back in. I want to "Thank you in advance" for taking a look at this.
I do need help as you can see!
Old 12-14-2007, 01:48 AM   #2
Bruce Hill
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I would suggest you change line 5 in /etc/fstab to:
/dev/hdb1        /media/hdb1        <file system>    defaults         1   2
where <file system> is the proper file system, such as ext3, reiserfs, jfs, etc.

If that works for you, fine.

If not, you might try commenting that line in /etc/fstab, then boot the computer. Once it is booted, check your /media/hdb1 permissions. Then open a terminal as root and issue "tail -f /var/log/messages" and leave that terminal open. Then in another terminal uncomment that line in /etc/fstab and issue "mount" to see that the drive is not mounted. Then issue "mount -a" and see what errors you get, and if it mounts the drive. Switch back to the terminal reading the /var/log/messages file and see what it outputs.
Old 12-14-2007, 01:48 PM   #3
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Unable To Edit Fstab

Thank you Bruce Hill

"BINGO" I got it!
Somehow when I created my original mount points I used /medis/hda1 as the mount point, over a week ago. Well it don't work on my system for some reason or another, and I didn't know that.

So, Goggling and trying, Goggling and trying so many different thing it just never occurred to me that I didn't have a mount point. But, now I do.

I used /mnt/hdb1 instead of /media/hdb1 and that worked. Your "check your /media/hdb1 permissions."
got me thinking. So, I re-did my mount point and permissions (first, trying the /media/hdb1) and now I can mount the other drive from where I'm working.

Bruce Hill Thanks a MILLION!
what a bunch of crap I put myself through.
well, maybe this just might help someother hardhead
from a lot of lost time.

Last edited by steelheat; 12-14-2007 at 01:52 PM.


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