I have a somewhat old Linux box, as these things go (I started out
with 0.99 pl10 in August '93 -- yes, I know yours is older).
Recently I upgraded to the modern e2fs utilities.
They're great, but every time I boot I'm asked whether I REALLY want
to check my root file system, since it's mounted read-write.
Well, I know I should be mounting it read-only first and then
read-write, but all the e2fs FAQ has to say about this is "you'll
have to use the bootutils."
The only "bootutils" package I could find contained nothing
but "mount", the same version with a totally unrelated manpage
and actual set of options that I see everywhere (and already had).
How the heck do I fix this? I even tried the "-y" option to get
past the question, but it didn't work, and I know it's not
the right way anyway.
mount -u -r /dev/hdb1
mount -u -w /dev/hdb1
in my /etc/rc, but the -u option (documented in the manpage as being
useful to change the mount status of an already-mounted filesystem)
isn't mentioned in the usage message of mount, and sure enough
it doesn't work (I get an error message about invalid arguments).
Thanks, please email -- I will summarize any useful
responses to the newsgroup for the benefit of others.
The ouzo of human kindness.