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Re: [vox-tech] FSTAB Questions
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Re: [vox-tech] FSTAB Questions



In addition to everyone else's wonderful suggestions, I also always
mount vfat drives with the showexec option, which turns off the exec
bit for files that aren't .exe files, but leaves it on for
directories. You can't do that with umask.

On Tue, Feb 17, 2004 at 09:34:05AM -0800, Robert G. Scofield wrote:
> 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.  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?  Man fstab 
> says that order is important.
> 
> 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?  Will I 
> screw something up with my simple umask=0?  Should I copy the Mandrake entry 
> into my SuSE system?
> 
> Thank you.
> 
> Bob
> 
> _______________________________________________
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> vox-tech@lists.lugod.org

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