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Old 02-09-2004, 01:36 PM   #1
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/etc/fstab


When I view RedHat, System Tools, Disk Management my second HD, hdb, doesn't show up. Can I edit my /etc/fstab file to make this happen. This process was not included in my Red Hat Linux, The Complete Reference, $49 retail book. What I want to be able to do is get files from one distro, edit them in RH8 and send the back.

Here is my /etc/fstab file.

LABEL=/1 / ext3 defaults 1 1
LABEL=/boot1 /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hda3 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/hdb3 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
/dev/cdrom1 /mnt/cdrom1 iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0
 
Old 02-09-2004, 01:46 PM   #2
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yup, just add your drive like:

file system dir type options dump pass

for example,

/dev/hdb /mnt/hdb vfat user,noauto 0 0

that's harddisk B, mounted to /mnt/hdb (which must exist! so create it) using vfat-filesystem (windows; for linux, put ext2/3/what it is). user means that user can mount/unmount it (not only root) and noauto that it's not automatically mounted (you may leave it off)

EDIT:

for the options etc. you might want to look fstab's man-page (in terminal, type "man fstab" without quotes). there is everything you need to know...the line you add is the type the one above, just put in your own paths and options..when you've edited, reboot your machine and fstab is read and you can use your new disc. if it's hdb you need, then /dev/hdb should be the device. just create a directory called hdb (or whatever) in /mnt/ and put it into your fstab (like above), then tell fstab the filesystem of the disc (windows uses vfat usually) and give options. usually user,noauto,owner is enough...and dump/pass can be given as a 0 0.

if some error happens or you mistype something, nothing gets destroyed...it's just that usually you get an error message while booting, telling about this, and that the disc cannot be read/written from your linux until you fix fstab. everything else works

btw. if the disc isn't automounted at boot (you tell fstab not to automount it), you can mount it manually in terminal:

Code:
mount /dev/hdb /mnt/hdb
still you need an entry in fstab to get this work. I guess leaving the noauto-option off makes your linux mount it automatically..then just set the permissions for users/groups so that they can access the drive as you wish and it's there... here's quite a lot of text but the thing is easy to do sorry I over-guided a bit...got excited...

Last edited by b0uncer; 02-09-2004 at 01:56 PM.
 
Old 02-09-2004, 03:22 PM   #3
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Thanks, the drive shows up in Disk Management. I'm working on getting the files from hdb to hda.
 
Old 02-10-2004, 10:19 AM   #4
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Thanks everyone for helping. I put what worked for me in the newbies forum.
 
Old 02-10-2004, 03:39 PM   #5
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/dev/hdb /mnt/hdb vfat user,noauto 0 0

wow, that's quite quite wrong.... you can't mount an entire drive, you can only mount partitions, e.g. /dev/hdb2
 
Old 02-10-2004, 03:40 PM   #6
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and mimsmall, please do not post the same thread in more than one forum. Picking the most relevant forum and posting it once there makes it easier for other members to help you and keeps the discussion all in one place.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/rules.php
 
Old 02-13-2004, 09:03 AM   #7
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acid_kewpie, yes that's true...it was meant to be an example sorry I wrote it in quite a hurry...but I guess mimsmall figured it out if he read the manpage related to mount or fstab..
 
  


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