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Old 09-19-2003, 08:40 PM   #1
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Can't access /mnt can access subdirectories

I have 3 drives in my computer. One for Mandrake 9.1 one for WinXP and one for music. Trying to look at my windows drives I hit a wall. Any attempt at navigating to the /mnt folder locks up Konqueror. Konqueror freezes solid if i click on the directory. I can minimize and restore the window, but none of the other GUI elements in the conqueror window respond to anything. I can't even close the window. The frozen window will go away by itself after a few minutes. And I can open a new session of Konqueror but it takes almost a full minute for the new window to actually appear. I can navigate to the directory in Nautilus, terminal windows and in the GUI elements of other programs like XMMS. I can even access the drives if I type in the path to the drive in Konqueror's location bar (IE /mnt/win_c or /mnt/win_c2). Once there i can navigate the subdirectories freely.

So I'm really stumped by this one. I even tried formating the drive and doing a clean reinstall of Mandrake. It still locks up. I also noticed that after experiencing this lock up I loose the icons for the CDROM and floppy from my KDE desktop. Any clues as to what could be going on here and how to fix it?

Thanks in advance
Old 09-19-2003, 11:45 PM   #2
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hmm well you want to get you music files? theres two ways.. make a fat32 partition.. linux and xp can c this... or you can.. log in as root... and you can copy your files to you linux partition... if you do login as root... you also have to change all the permissions.. highlightin them all it dont take too long.. hope that helps ... from Hack0r
Old 09-20-2003, 02:42 AM   #3
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use SU

use SU to login as root within a console or go to (this is the menu structure on my system, it may be different from yours, also I'm assuming you're under KDE since youre using Konqueror) K-button|Applications|File Tools|File Manager-Super User Mode to login as root via "KDEsu". To be quite honest, I'm not exactly sure as to why only root seems to be able to access FAT32/Window$ partitions, but logging as root through SU works on my MDK 9.1 system.
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If you are the only person using the computer, and want permissions to fully access the music partition, add uid=xxx to your mount options in /etc/fstab where xxx is your user id number. (Assuming the partition is a fat32)
The XP partition is probably NTFS so you won't be able to write to it.

You should still be able to read these partitions however. Try looking at them using diskdrake . Mounting them there, and writing changes to /etc/fstab when done, may fix up a problem with the /etc/fstab file. However, it almost seems that linux is having a problem access the drives themselves causing a lockup.
Old 09-20-2003, 08:10 AM   #5
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I'm having the same problem. Konqueror and other kde-apps completely freeze when i point them to /mnt-directory.
I'm also using MDK 9.1, this is a fresh install and i don't have other guis than kde installed. With midnightcommander I can surf to that directory so it seems to be only a kde problem.
I had this same problem with this same distro previously, and it prompted me to go back to rh9, but with it's insanity with utf8 I came back and completely forgot taht there's this 'little' problem.
Also, I configured my drives with Diskdrake and saved the settings to /etc/fstab but when i try to do
mount -a
It responds with
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/hdb5,
       or too many mounted file systems
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/hdb6,
       or too many mounted file systems
I'm fairly sure I haven't exceeded the maximum mount count, unless it's about five.

My fstab is as follows:
/dev/hda5 / ext3 defaults 1 1
/dev/hda2 /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts mode=0620 0 0
none /mnt/cdrom supermount dev=/dev/hdc,fs=auto,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepa
ge=850,umask=0 0 0
none /mnt/floppy supermount dev=/dev/fd0,fs=auto,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,cod
epage=850,umask=0 0 0
/dev/hdb5 /mnt/herbie vfat defaults 0 0
//piken_kannettav/tero /mnt/kannettava/tero smbfs username=tero 0 0
/dev/hdb6 /mnt/kukle vfat defaults 0 0
/dev/hda1 /mnt/win_c ntfs iocharset=iso8859-1,ro,umask=0 0 0
/dev/hdb1 /mnt/win_c2 vfat iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hda3 swap swap defaults 0 0
Also, I find it odd that the absense of a floppy drive is not detected, but that's just a minor gripe.

Overall, I really like this distro, it's the only one so far that has completely working scandinavian letters in X and in console out-of-the-box. Kudos.
Old 09-20-2003, 08:15 AM   #6
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I solved half of my own problem...
Diskdrake did not recognize that hdb5 and hdb6 are EXT3 and tries to mount them as vfat...
Frankly, this is just stupid.

Konqueror , noatun and othe kde-apps still freeze up wehen viewing /mnt.
If I point them to /mnt/herbie, for example, all is well.
The one sambamount there can't be the reason because I did not have that the last time I installed mdk.

Last edited by purplecow; 09-20-2003 at 08:18 AM.
Old 09-20-2003, 09:41 AM   #7
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my /etc/fstab : (only related lines to win)
/dev/hda1 /mnt/win_c vfat iocharset=iso8859-15,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
/dev/hda6 /mnt/win_e ntfs iocharset=iso8859-15,ro,umask=0 0 0

the only difference is iocharset...

I had this problem with a failing floppy disk : everytime I went to /mnt with xmms, it would freeze endlessly and suddenly (after all timeout would display /mnt). I realized it was the floppy disk doing a tail -f /var/log/messages in a terminal window then trying to reproduce the problem : the terminal window would then show many errors.
Old 10-05-2003, 08:58 AM   #8
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I have had the same problem, it was in fact an hardware problem. My DVD drive was blocked (impossible to open it with "eject" or using the fron button). As soon as I opened it manually with a paper-clip (pushing it in the little hole in the DVD drive front panel) it was again possible to open /mnt with Konqueror.


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