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    davesurrey NNTP User

    Default suse11 doesn't see other partitions

    Just installed openSUSE11 from the DVD and selected to run gnome.
    I want to see my other partitions on the HDD but they don't show.

    I have one HDD with WinXP, Ubuntu 8.04 and Suse on it.
    Ubuntu 8.04 shows the other partitions and allows access. Suse doesn't.

    Completely new to Suse so really in the dark.
    How can I do this?

    I installed in the order WinXP/Ubuntu/Suse.

    Does it not recognise other partitions on install?
    Dave



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    Default Re: suse11 doesn't see other partitions

    Quote Originally Posted by davesurrey View Post
    Just installed openSUSE11 from the DVD and selected to run gnome.
    I want to see my other partitions on the HDD but they don't show.

    I have one HDD with WinXP, Ubuntu 8.04 and Suse on it.
    Ubuntu 8.04 shows the other partitions and allows access. Suse doesn't.

    Completely new to Suse so really in the dark.
    How can I do this?

    I installed in the order WinXP/Ubuntu/Suse.

    Does it not recognise other partitions on install?
    Dave
    It recognize other partition during install
    Or you could have mounted those partitions before starting the installation
    It is in one of the options, but since you already finished with the installation and running it now, you may use yast2 partitioner in mounting.
    When you open the yast2 partitioner, click the partitioner and choose edit and give a name of your partition in the option box e.g. /Winxp or /buntu

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    Default Re: suse11 doesn't see other partitions

    Could you post the output of;
    mount
    ' fdisk -l ' (run as root)
    & the contents of /etc/fstab ?

    ..so we can see what suse is seeing.
    Have a lot of fun!

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    davesurrey NNTP User

    Default Re: suse11 doesn't see other partitions

    On Wed, 25 Jun 2008 16:56:04 +0000, Magic31 wrote:

    > Could you post the output of;
    > mount
    > ' fdisk -l ' (run as root)
    > & the contents of /etc/fstab ?
    >
    > .so we can see what suse is seeing.


    Hi,
    Files as requested below.
    I should add that the HDD is partitoned as folows:

    sda1 Win XP
    sda2 swap
    sda3 Ubuntu 8.04
    sda5 opensuse 11 gnome
    sda6 mandriva
    sda7 pclos 2008
    sda8 fedora 9
    sda9 Mepis 7

    Yes I have been trying out distros although Suse seems to be the winner
    so far.

    ............................

    linux-3eo3:~ # mount
    /dev/sda5 on / type ext3 (rw,acl,user_xattr)
    proc on /proc type proc (rw)
    sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
    debugfs on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
    udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw)
    devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,mode=0620,gid=5)
    /dev/sda1 on /windows/C type fuseblk
    (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,default_permissions,blksize=4096)
    fusectl on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
    securityfs on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
    none on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw)
    gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/david/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon
    (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=david)

    .............................

    Unable to open -
    linux-3eo3:~ # fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 81.9 GB, 81964302336 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9964 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x4c4c4c4c

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 1335 10723356 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2 1336 1611 2216970 82 Linux swap /
    Solaris
    /dev/sda3 1612 3582 15832057+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda4 3583 9964 51263415 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 3583 4897 10562706 83 Linux
    /dev/sda6 4898 6171 10233373+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda7 6172 7212 8361801 83 Linux
    /dev/sda8 7213 8245 8297541 83 Linux
    /dev/sda9 8246 9146 7237251 83 Linux

    ...........................


    linux-3eo3:~ # cat /etc/fstab
    /dev/disk/by-path/pci-0000:00:02.5-scsi-0:0:0:0-part5 / ext3
    acl,user_xattr 1 1
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_Maxtor_6Y080L0_Y2V7MCTE-part2 swap swap
    defaults 0 0
    /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_Maxtor_6Y080L0_Y2V7MCTE-part1 /windows/C
    ntfs-3gusers,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_GB.UTF-8 0 0
    proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
    sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
    debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0
    devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0
    mount /media/sda6

    ..........................

    Hope this helps you.
    Dave





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    davesurrey NNTP User

    Default Re: suse11 doesn't see other partitions

    On Wed, 25 Jun 2008 16:26:04 +0000, conram wrote:

    > davesurrey;1825799 Wrote:
    >> Just installed openSUSE11 from the DVD and selected to run gnome. I
    >> want to see my other partitions on the HDD but they don't show.
    >>
    >> I have one HDD with WinXP, Ubuntu 8.04 and Suse on it. Ubuntu 8.04
    >> shows the other partitions and allows access. Suse doesn't.
    >>
    >> Completely new to Suse so really in the dark. How can I do this?
    >>
    >> I installed in the order WinXP/Ubuntu/Suse.
    >>
    >> Does it not recognise other partitions on install? Dave

    >
    > It recognize other partition during install Or you could have mounted
    > those partitions before starting the installation
    > It is in one of the options, but since you already finished with the
    > installation and running it now, you may use yast2 partitioner in
    > mounting.
    > When you open the yast2 partitioner, click the partitioner and choose
    > edit and give a name of your partition in the option box e.g. /Winxp or
    > /buntu


    Hi and thanks for the reply but not too sure if I understand it.

    If you are confirming that Suse should recognise all the other partitions
    on install then I can confirm that it didn't on this occasion.

    Or are you saying I should have mounted all the existing partitions
    before install then I don't know in what I should have mounted them? What
    "options" are you talking about?

    I fired up Suse and found the partitioner in YaST (what is Yast2?) but
    all the partitions already have a label and I couldn't see any other
    things obvious to change that might affect mounting at boot-up.
    Can you be more specific please.
    Thanks
    Dave





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    Default Re: suse11 doesn't see other partitions

    SUSE does see the partitions but, as you almost certainly used the expert partition option, you failed to notice the step which allows each of these partitions to be mounted automatically as part of the install. So SUSE assumes you don't want access to them even though it knows they are there.

    You need to provide a mount point for each partition within SUSE - see man mount for the relevant commands.

    Then open Yast -> System -> Partitioner and edit each partition to add the mount point you have specified.

    They will then be automatically mounted every time to start SUSE and visible on the desktop.

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    Default Re: suse11 doesn't see other partitions

    Thanks for the output Dave,

    I see your NTFS partition is mounted at /windows/C, so that should be there.
    As for all the other partitions, as Conram & John noted the partitions are there but you have to set mount points for them (different than a label)

    What to do:
    Fire up YaST > Partitioner

    When you have the list of partitions note the ones you want to have a mount point added (the column mount is empty) and select them and click edit for each one.
    In each edit screen there is the mount point listed on the left bottom... that's where you can set it.
    Do take care not to select to format the partition!

    When you've set all the mount points and reviewed it click ok and let YaST do it's thing. You should then have the mount points the way you set them.

    Cheers,
    Wj
    Have a lot of fun!

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    davesurrey NNTP User

    Default Re: suse11 doesn't see other partitions

    On Wed, 25 Jun 2008 19:26:04 +0000, Magic31 wrote:

    > Thanks for the output Dave,
    >
    > I see your NTFS partition is mounted at /windows/C, so that should be
    > there.
    > As for all the other partitions, as Conram & John noted the partitions
    > are there but you have to set mount points for them (different than a
    > label)
    >
    > What to do:
    > Fire up YaST > Partitioner
    >
    > When you have the list of partitions note the ones you want to have a
    > mount point added (the column mount is empty) and select them and click
    > edit for each one.
    > In each edit screen there is the mount point listed on the left
    > bottom... that's where you can set it. Do take care not to select to
    > format the partition!
    >
    > When you've set all the mount points and reviewed it click ok and let
    > YaST do it's thing. You should then have the mount points the way you
    > set them.



    Hi Wj,

    Really appreciate your help.
    I did exactly as you suggested and it worked perfectly.

    I wasn't sure what to call the mounts so I used /media/ubuntu, /media/
    mepis etc as this was exactly how Ubuntu did it seemingly automatically.
    Hope that was okay but if there is a "standard" can you tell me what it
    is. I realised that mounting it as /ubuntu is a no-no as it's incorrect
    to add anything directly to /.

    Interestingly, even though you said that the ntfs partition is mounted,
    it is the only one that does NOT appear in Nautilus.
    Any ideas what I can do now?

    Lastly, is there any way that all these partitions can appear
    automatically on my desktop on boot up.
    Thanks again.
    Dave


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    Default Re: suse11 doesn't see other partitions

    As for 'standards' for how to set mount points.. it's up to you. As long as it's clear and usable it's all game.
    Only when developing for Linux (drivers, apps, etc), thats when you have to stick to standards.

    Strange that you can see the windows partition.. you could try using YaST again and setting a new mount point for it?

    As far as I know only removable media gets an automatic icon on the desktop, but that should be tunable - i just don't know how
    It's probably easiest to use Nautilus and make links on the desktop. You also know about the bookmark option in Nautilus? Very easy and keeps the desktop clean.
    Have a lot of fun!

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    davesurrey NNTP User

    Default Re: suse11 doesn't see other partitions

    On Thu, 26 Jun 2008 04:56:04 +0000, Magic31 wrote:

    > As for 'standards' for how to set mount points.. it's up to you. As long
    > as it's clear and usable it's all game. Only when developing for Linux
    > (drivers, apps, etc), thats when you have to stick to standards.
    >
    > Strange that you can see the windows partition.. you could try using
    > YaST again and setting a new mount point for it?
    >
    > As far as I know only removable media gets an automatic icon on the
    > desktop, but that should be tunable - i just don't know how It's
    > probably easiest to use Nautilus and make links on the desktop. You also
    > know about the bookmark option in Nautilus? Very easy and keeps the
    > desktop clean.


    Hi again,
    Sorry for the delay in my reply but I have been struggling with another
    problem that would not allow me to change files as super-user. Every time
    I did a "su -l" entered the correct password and then "gedit" I got an
    error message which meant I couldn't make any changes. But now the
    problem seems to have cured itself!

    In case others are interested I mounted the partitions by adding a line
    like
    "/dev/sda9 /media/mepis ext3 defaults 1 2 "
    for each partition to the /etc/fstab file. I tried it mounting to /mnt
    rather than /media but it didn't add an icon to the Desktop.

    So now it works like I want it but I am still curious to known if I could
    mount to /mnt and get it to add an icon to the desktop automatically.

    Thanks for your help.
    Dave


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