Mounting a Fat32 partition from linux

Mounting a Fat32 partition from linux

Post by Sean McGrat » Thu, 17 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Ok, I've done it, I went and got the 2.0.35 source and compiled it with all the options
to mount a FAT32 partition from linux.  (I actually compiled a kernel, wheeeee!)

Anyways, I compiled them with the VFAT and other ISO ... etc options the guys in
#linux told me to do ... but I can't get my /etc/fstab to work correctly... I get an
error message on boot about /etc/fstab being setup incorrectly, and how the
system will so nicely attempt to KLUDGE something until I get /etc/fstab edited
correctly, but I am not 100% sure of what to include.

Can someone please email me an example or two of their /etc/fstab
file that includes a mount for a Fat32 MSDOS partition?

Or any other hints at what I might being doing wrong?

Obviously /mount /c is just failing and I can't figure it out.

Thanks very much

(I got the Linux bug and have it bad!)

Sean McGrath, RN

My ICQ # is 7466420
...."Nurses Heal the World"...


Mounting a Fat32 partition from linux

Post by Walter Harm » Thu, 17 Sep 1998 04:00:00

the first think you should try is mounting it by hand.
then copy a line from your you fstab edit partition and fs thats it.
check carefull if you have the right names.

"One day we shall get back.  Yes, one day.  One day..."


1. FAT32 and Linux 2.0.35: mounting the FAT32 partition


I have just reinstalled win95 on a FAT32 partition and
upgraded my kernel to 2.0.35 so that (hopefully) I will
be able to see my dos partiton even though it uses FAT32
(aka "enable lrge disk support").

I have the following /etc/fstab file:

/dev/hda5               /                       ext2    defaults        1 1
/dev/hda8               /home                   ext2    defaults        1 2
/dev/hda6               /usr/local              ext2    defaults        1 2
/dev/hda7               swap                    swap    defaults        0 0
/dev/fd0                /mnt/floppy             ext2    noauto          0 0
/dev/cdrom              /mnt/cdrom              iso9660 noauto,ro       0 0
none                    /proc                   proc    defaults        0 0

... and my dos partiton is on /dev/hda1 and is supposed to be mounted under the /msdos directory
which is already there (I created it through RedHat's Disk Druid (aka "fdisk with GUI") when I was
installing up Linux).

Here's the output of df:

Filesystem         1024-blocks  Used Available Capacity Mounted on
/dev/hda5             599043  524089    44010     92%   /
/dev/hda8              50717    8856    39242     18%   /home
/dev/hda6             247871   35465   199606     15%   /usr/local

The fat32 filesystem does not show (the /msdos directory doesin't either).
/msdos should be mounted on (? /dev/hda9) and should get mounted at boot time?

Any suggestions?


Neil Zanella

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