[lug] DOS Support?

Fred Robinson fred.robinson at sipfusion.com
Fri Jul 26 09:42:22 MDT 2002

To all who responded to my plea for assistance on mounting DOS partition,
Thanks for your help.  It appears that I can mount my DOS partitions now!

Fred Robinson
Operator, SIPFusion

558 Copperdale Ln.
Golden, CO 80403
fred.robinson at sipfusion.com
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-----Original Message-----
From: lug-admin at lug.boulder.co.us [mailto:lug-admin at lug.boulder.co.us]On
Behalf Of D. Stimits
Sent: Thursday, July 25, 2002 2:49 PM
To: lug at lug.boulder.co.us
Subject: Re: [lug] DOS Support?

Fred Robinson wrote:
> I want to be able to access my Windows DOS partition (FAT32) from Red Hat
> 7.2.  Can someone walk me through adding DOS support such that I can mount
> the DOS partitions on my dual boot machine?
> It's been a while, but if I recall you have to install an RPC for it and
> replace the kernel.

You will want vfat support in the kernel. Many of the install kernels
already support that, YMMV. Just try it and see if it works.

Assuming the partition is /dev/hdb1 (contrived example), and is not
already mounted, create a mount point:
cd /mnt/
mkdir windows

(you might even want to cd windows, and mkdir C, since an extra parent
directory gives you more control over permissions...useful only on
multi-user systems, the reason being that a mounted vfat partition
forces the mount point to use the permission options of only the
filesystem type mounted. That filesystem type vfat has no permission
options of its own, though there are mount options to deal with it)

mount -t vfat /dev/hdb1 /mnt/windows

Then you can cd to windows and enjoy. Be sure to umount /dev/hdb1 after
you have cd'd out of the windows partition, else it won't let you umount.

D. Stimits, stimits @ idcomm.com

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