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  1. #1
    Linux Newbie
    Join Date
    Feb 2004

    help! -- /etc/fstab

    Today I added a new small 6 gig harddrive so I can share stuff between windows and linux. I formatted it as FAT32 in windows XP Pro, and transferred my music, pics, and other stuff to it. I then booted into linux, and in the boot, I was asked if I wanted to set this up, and I selected to mount it as /shared. I saved the settings, and it continued to boot. I tried to access it once I was logged in and it says Access is denied to /shared. I login as root and chmod recursive the whole dir to 777. I still got nothing as a normal user...but can access it as root. I was going to have a look at fstab and when I was in as root and put /etc/fstab, this is what I got:
    [root@s2 root]# /etc/fstab
    /etc/fstab: line 1: /dev/hda6: Permission denied
    /etc/fstab: line 2: none: command not found
    /etc/fstab: line 3: /dev/hdc: Permission denied
    /etc/fstab: line 4: /dev/hdd: Permission denied
    /etc/fstab: line 5: none: command not found
    /etc/fstab: line 6: /dev/hda1: Permission denied
    /etc/fstab: line 7: none: command not found
    /etc/fstab: line 8: /dev/hda5: Permission denied
    /etc/fstab: line 9: none: command not found
    I took a look at the fstab in vi, and this is what I got:
    /dev/hda6 / ext3 defaults 1 1
    none /dev/pts devpts mode=0620 0 0
    /dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom auto umask=0022,user,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,noauto,ro,exec 0 0
    /dev/hdd /mnt/cdrom2 auto umask=0022,user,iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850,noauto,ro,exec 0 0
    none /mnt/floppy supermount dev=/dev/fd0,fs=ext2:vfat,--,umask=0022,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,codepage=850 0 0
    /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows ntfs umask=0022,nls=iso8859-1,ro 0 0
    none /proc proc defaults 0 00
    /dev/hda5 swap swap defaults 0 0
    none /mnt/hd supermount dev=/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target1/lun0/part1,fs=ext2:vfat,--,umask=0022,iocharset=iso8859-1,kudzu,codepage=850 0 0
    What is wrong? Why won't fstab work and why can't a normal user see the 2nd harddrive?

    BTW, only way root could see it was by mounting it with: mount /dev/hdb1 /shared.

    Mandrake Linux 10.0 Official
    Kernel 2.6.3-7mdk
    P4 @ 1.7GHz
    512MB RAM
    60GB Seagate | 6GB Western Digital

  2. #2
    Linux Guru sarumont's Avatar
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    Apr 2003
    Try adding this line to your /etc/fstab:

    /dev/hdb1     /shared     vfat     user,noauto,noatime     0 2
    With that line, any user should be able to mount it by typing:

    mount /shared
    The user that executes that command will be the owner.
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