To the best of my knowledge, vfat is NOT the same thing as FAT32. As a matter
of fact, I know it's not. It follows that the compiling vfat support into
your kernel won't let you see FAT32 partitions (ie, your Win98 partition)
There are source patches, though, to make the kernel understand FAT32. I wish
I could tell you exactly where, but I don't really know, you'll just have to
poke around a bit.
> >: > > >I cannot mount Fat32 partitions. Why is that?
> >1. You need a fairly recent kernel to support fat32
> >(the recent 2.0.x or 2.1.x)
> I, too, have a problem seeing the contents of my Win98 FAT32 partion when
> running Linux. The drive shows up at "/c" (which is what I specified
> while installing Red Hat 5.1, kernel 2.0.34) but "ls -al /c" shows just 2
> files: "." and "..".
> >2. You need to specify fs type "vfat" when mounting.
> >3. vfat support has to be built in the kernel (not a problem usually
> > unless it's a kernel YOU customized)
> I'm using the kernel as installed by the Red Hat 5.1 installation program.
> I have, however, edited "/etc/fstab", and changed every "msdos" to "vfat",
> and can now see the long file names on my other Win98 FAT16 partitions,
> but my "/c" partition has no entry at all. Should I add one? Is it safe?
> I'd rather not lose the gig-or-so of MP3z on that partition!