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Old 07-29-2006, 02:31 PM   #1
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Post wish to edit but fstab is read only

hello, this is my first experience with linux, ubuntu 6.06.

i have 2 HDDs, 1st is WinXp, 2nd is Ubuntu. have fat32 partition "FATPART" on 2nd HDD, wish to share between WinXp and Ubuntu.

i'm trying to follow this article -> (since i cannot yet post urls in this post, can u please google "Share Partitions between linux and windows" and click the first result.. thanks)

however im stuck with the part where i have to edit the fstab because it's read only. im trying to add this line: (is this correct?)

/dev/hdb1 /osshare vfat umask=000 0 0

how can i edit the fstab? or, is there any better/easier way to do the thing i wish to do.. i.e. share files between winxp and ubuntu?

i've tried going to Places > Computer > (right-click)FATPART, gives the error:

Unable to mount the selected volume.
error: device /dev/hdb1 is not removable;
error: could not execute pmount

Old 07-29-2006, 02:51 PM   #2
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You have to edit the file as root. From a terminal type

sudo nano -w /etc/fstab
Enter your password if it asks. You should be able to sedit the file now.
Old 07-29-2006, 02:54 PM   #3
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fstab is a system configuration file, you need higher priveledges than a standard user, in most distros this would be the root (super user) account that can edit ANYTHING in the system, ubuntu by default uses sudo (which i dont like, but i use sudo all day on arch :S).

Open up a console (aterm,konsole,xterm,gnome-terminal, whatever) and try
joe /etc/fstab
joe is an editor, make your changes and then ctrl-K ctrl-X to save and then quit, there are other editors like nano or vi (someone else will have to advise how to use that) or you can type in a console
sudo gedit/kate/whatever_GUI_editor
then open the file like that.
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Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very Big Help! Thanks!! =)


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