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Old 04-23-2010, 11:29 PM   #1
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issues with e2label and label shown in "My Computer Disk Info" openSUSE 11.2 (x86_64)

I am predominantly a dinosaur (zOS, COBOL, CICS, SQL). Went pure Linux a year ago (dual booted until then). Played with many distros but currently enjoying "openSUSE 11.2 (x86_64)".

My issue is I wanted to add label to my sdb2 partition in hopes it would automount at boot. I typed "e2label /dev/sda2 /sdb2" and rebooted.

My computer showed "%sdb2" in the "Disk Information" section. I tried resetting with "e2label /dev/sda2 /" and got "%" in disk info.

I decided maybe I needed to use escape character and went with "e2label /dev/sda2 //" resulting in "%%".

System seems to run fine even though this is my boot (root) partition but it is annoying.

What is going on here?

tks in advance
Old 04-24-2010, 08:33 AM   #2
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never mind, dear. i figured it out

I wiped out the label with 'e2label /dev/sda2 "" ' and it is all better now.
Old 04-24-2010, 10:03 AM   #3
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You can not use a slash in a Volume label. The command:

e2label /dev/sda2 mydisk

will work where you use only standard numbers and/or characters for your disk volume label. No matter what the disk name might be, this is not how a disk is auto-mounted. For a disk to mount at boot time there must be an entry in your file /ect/fstab. You can use the Disk Partition program to set an auto-mount point for you in fstab without formatting or changing the partition in any way.

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