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Re: Hosed fstab, won't boot how to edit?

Robert Moskowitz wrote:
Bill Davidsen wrote:
Robert Moskowitz wrote:
So I mistyped noatime in /etc/fstab; wished there was a way to test this first!

Anyway, since this is my ASUS Eee and my swap is on the SD card, by pulling the SD card the boot halts and puts me into Repair Filesystem mode.

Thing is /etx fstab is readonly. vi fstab won't let me save the file.

I assume you have done the normal "write a ro file" command (:w!) and that failed as well?

I really don't want to do a complete reinstall yet. I want to buy a 8Gb SD card first (and next time I am putting /usr on the SD card). So how can I edit this?

Yes, that did not work. I am home now, and will just do a reinstall. I was planning one anyway as I figured out the 'best' way to distribute everything between a 4Gb SSD drive and a 4Gb SD drive. When I just had everything (/) on the 4Gb SSD drive as a ext3 partition, the install failed. Moving /var/cache over to the SD drive worked. But now after looking at things, I am going to put /usr on a 4Gb ext3 partition on the SD drive, a 1.5Gb swap and 2.5Gb / ext3 on the SSD drive. I think that is the best I can do until I get a 8Gb SD card, or figure out how to unsolder the SSD drive and install a larger one....

I would (as a last try) try doing the remount with the device rather than / and also try adding "-s" to the original remount command.

Or boot it with a install disk and let the install disk mount up the stuff on the hd and edit it.


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