``df: cannot read table of mounted file systems'' Help!

``df: cannot read table of mounted file systems'' Help!

Post by Joel M. Hoffm » Fri, 08 Oct 1993 22:22:22

After running 0.99.12 for a long time now, and 0.99.08 for even
longer, all of a sudden I'm getting the following error message:

    df:  cannot read table of mounted file systems: Permission denied.

I got the error from Pnews and from a script I run every night via
cron.  Amazingly, the script runs as root.  Also, when I try ``df''
from the command line, I have no problems.  Also:

    # ls -l /etc/fstab
    -rw-r--r--   1 root     root          178 Apr 24 20:35 /etc/fstab

As I say, this problem just surfaced.  I haven't touched /etc/fstab in

Any ideas?


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__|~| 16 Million DEAD.           and the diameter of its destruction, about 7
                                meters, and in it four killed and 11 wounded.
 cnc  Bosnia, Europe. 1993.     And around these, in a larger circle of  pain
 cnc  HOW MANY MORE?          and time,  are scattered two  hospitals and one
                          cemetery.   But the young woman who was  buried  in
                    the place from where she came, at a distance of more than
             than 100 kilometers, enlarges the circle considerably.   And the
      lonely man who is mourning her death in a distant  country incorporates
into the circle the whole world.  And I won't speak of the cry of the orphans
that reaches God's chair and from there makes the circle endless and godless."


1. df says 'can't read table of mounted filesystems'

I have the SLS release of linux and am having problems with the command df.  It
gives me 'can't read table of mounted filesystems'.  I have a DOS partition on
/dev/hda1 and a linux partition on /dev/hda2 plus the swap partition on
/dev/hda3. I'd like to find out how much space I have on my linux partition.  
Any ideas?  Thanks in advance.

Benjy Edwards.

                               Lemon curry?

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