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Old 11-10-2003, 03:25 PM   #1
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Oops, boot problem

I was trying to get Slack 9.1 to let me access my windows partitions as a user and I must of screwed something up royally because when I rebooted I got the following message. What did I do?

remounting root device with read- write enabled
mount : only root can do that
attempt to mount root device as read-write failed!
this is going to cause serious problems

it then goes on to give me instructions on how to fix it if i'm using umdos (which I'm not)

it also tells me I can fix it using a boot disk with the following command in it

LILO: mount root=/dev/hda1 rw

problem is, I don't have a floppy drive. I could find one if I get desperate enough but I hope I don't have to. I've used Knoppix to get in and play with my fstab and mtab settings but nothing has fixed it. Is this just a config error or something bigger?

I'm posting my fstab and mtab settings below

/dev/hda6 / ext3 defaults 0 0
/dev/hda7 /home ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/hdb5 /mnt/audio vfat defaults,noauto,user 0 0
/dev/hdh5 /mnt/crap vfat defaults,noauto,user 0 0
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,owner,ro 0 0
/dev/hdb1 /mnt/winxp ntfs defaults,noauto,user 0 0
/dev/hda1 /mnt/files ntfs defaults,noauto,user 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0

/dev/hda6 / ext3 rw 0 0

please help, I'm very sad, I had just configured KDE very nicely.
Old 11-10-2003, 04:02 PM   #2
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Not sure if it will solve the problem, but AFAIK, root partitions should always a pass number of 1. Try changing the line for hda6 in your fstab to:

/dev/hda6 / ext3 defaults 1 1
Old 11-10-2003, 08:12 PM   #3
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LILO: mount root=/dev/hda1 rw

It looks like it thinks /dev/hda1 is your root partition. Did you do anything to lilo.conf?

Once you boot can you mount the other partitions manually:
mount /home
mount /mnt/audio
mount /mnt/crap
mount /mnt/winxp
mount /mnt/files

<edit> Also this one looks a little irregular:
/dev/hdh5 /mnt/crap vfat defaults,noauto,user 0 0

Last edited by /bin/bash; 11-10-2003 at 08:15 PM.
Old 11-11-2003, 12:08 AM   #4
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According to the fstab that you posted, /dev/hda1 is an ntfs partition. This should be mounted ro. AFAIK only there is only limited (read danagerous) support for writing to ntfs partitions. If you want a user to be able to mount it, add umask=022 to your mount options.


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