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Old 07-12-2014, 03:28 PM   #1
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Slackware 14.1 Install: Cosmetic Issue while adding DOS Partitions to /etc/fstab

The Slackware 14.1 installation process appears to show a cosmetic error when FAT or NTFS partitions are being selected for addition to /etc/fstab.

The sequence of steps goes like this:
  1. The installer asks you to “SELECT PARTITION TO ADD TO /etc/fstab”, and displays the list of FAT and NTFS partitions that it found on the system.
  2. When you pick a partition, the installer asks you to “SET SECURITY FOR type PARTITION partition” (where “type” is either FAT or NTFS, and I guess that “partition” is supposed to represent the selected partition).
  3. Next, the installer asks you to “PICK MOUNT POINT FOR partition” (where “partition” represents the partition that you selected in Step 1).

The problem is, in Step 2, “partition” is replaced by the value of the “NEW_DIR” variable (cfr. the “SeTDOS” script: lines 21, 22, 26 for NTFS; lines 44,45, 49 for FAT). However, the “NEW_DIR” variable is set to the mount point that the user specifies in Step 3—i.e., not until after it is displayed.

As a consequence, when the user selects the first DOS partition, the “NEW_DIR” variable is still empty; when the user selects the second DOS partition, it displays the mount point specified for the first one; etc.

The values that get written to the /etc/fstab file are actually correct, though—it's just the display that is wrong. It seems to me, that the correct value to display is in the “DOS_PART” variable instead.
Old 07-22-2014, 10:26 PM   #2
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Is there any confirmation that the install script needs some touching up? (bump)
Old 07-23-2014, 06:08 PM   #3
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Looks like a correct change, so I'm going to make it along with the next kernel update. Let me know if it works (or not).
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