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Re: [vox-tech] FSTAB Questions

On Tue 17 Feb 04,  9:34 AM, Robert G. Scofield <rscofield@afes.com> said:
> When I first installed SuSE 9.0 it automatically put my Windows partition in 
> /etc/fstab.  That was nice because I want to be able to use Open Office in 
> Linux to work on Windows files.  More importantly, I need to be able to back 
> up my Windows files with my Linux CD burning software.  I recently had to 
> install a new hard drive.  And I just noticed that, after re-installing SuSE, 
> the Windows partition was not being mounted.

hi bob,

out of curiosity -- why did you reinstall?

and when you say "windows isn't being mounted", do you mean at boot?
what happens when you type "mount /mnt/windows"?

> I've been playing around with 
> fstab and with the following configuration I can work on Windows files:
> /dev/hda5            /                    ext3       defaults              1 1
> /dev/hda6            /empty               ext3       defaults              1 2
> /dev/hda10           /home                ext3       defaults              1 2
> /dev/hda11           /opt                 ext3       defaults              1 2
> /dev/hda9            /tmp                 ext3       defaults              1 2
> /dev/hda8            /var                 ext3       defaults              1 2
> /dev/hda1            /mnt/windows         vfat       umask=0               0 0
> /dev/hda7            swap                 swap       pri=42                0 0
> devpts               /dev/pts             devpts     mode=0620,gid=5       0 0
> proc                 /proc                proc       defaults              0 0
> usbdevfs             /proc/bus/usb        usbdevfs   noauto                0 0
> /dev/cdrecorder      /media/cdrecorder    auto       ro,noauto,user,exec   0 0
> /dev/cdrom           /media/cdrom         auto       ro,noauto,user,exec   0 0
> /dev/fd0             /media/floppy        auto       noauto,user,sync      0 0
> Here are two questions:
> 1)  Does this order look okay?  Is /dev/hda1 in the right place?

it depends.  did you plug the new hard drive in IDE 4 slot A or slot B?
if you put it in slot B, the drive spins at a faster rate and can
prematurely burn out the motor.  a lot of people who complained about
IBM deskstars crapping out early were guilty of using slot B.  since
then, IBM has placed slot AB converters, so for modern deskstars, it
doesn't matter.  if you own one of these things and it says "CHS"
somewhere on the drive itself, you have an older model.

> Man fstab 
> says that order is important.
i can't see why unless you do something like mounting /usr/local under
/usr, you'd want to mount /usr first.  in your case, you prolly just
want to mount / before anything else (as we all do).  so it looks good
to me.

> 2)  Instead of "umask=0" I originally tried "defaults", and then "rw,user."  
> But with these, Open Office couldn't write to the Windows files.  (I've 
> haven't tried backing up yet.)  Umask=0 is working fine.  But here's the 
> question.  I've come across an old Mandrake 9.0 fstab and here's the entry 
> for the Windows partition:
> /dev/hda1   /mnt/windows   vfat   iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,umask=0 0 0
> Is there some advantage to having this sort of complicated entry?

bob, that field of fstab (field 4) is essentially options for mount.  so
you can figure out what the options mean by doing "man mount".

in the case of iocharset, it appears that iocharset is used to convert
between 8 bit  uhhh.... "ascii" (with all due respect to the fact that
ascii is 7 bit) and unicode.

you should be OK you're only reading / writing in english.  note that
micah, mark and henry know this kind of thing WAY more than i do.

> Will I screw something up with my simple umask=0?

no, i don't believe so.

to be honest, i'm not sure what umask=0 does for you.  linux already
knows how to access vfat.  it already knows that there are no
permissions on vfat.  i never used this option on any dual boot i've
ever owned.

maybe someone can explain why it's necessary to set a umask for a vfat

> Should I copy the Mandrake entry into my SuSE system?

no.  you should do what works.  i know that sounds like a cop-out
answer, but it's the absolute truth.  

copying something is never a good thing to do.  let something serve as a
guide?  yes.  but blind copying?  never[1].


[1] Unless you intend to back something up.  But even then, thought
should go into what to backup, when to backup and how to backup.

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