Well this is a strange thing! I have SUSE 11.1, SUSE 10.3 and Gentoo on by box, I just installed 11.1 and decided to copy over fstab from 10.3 as the 11.1 I had just installed went into the partitions of an old 10.3 installation I figured I would not need to make any changes to the fstab as it was already configured to mount all my partitions.
Firstly I thought I’d edit the 11.1 fstab to add my 10.3 root partiton so I could mount it and get at fstab, I did a ‘kdesu kwrite’, then went to the open file dialogue and noticed that the root partition for my 10.3 installation was listed so I had a click and found I could get straight to my old fstab. By now I was intrigued so I jumped up the tree and found at the top my /home, /root, and /store partitions from the 10.3 installation all contents and all users, including /root fully available! None of these partitions are mentioned in the virgin 11.1 fstab!
Next I tried a ‘kdesu konqueror’ and found my 10.3 partitions in /media . Then I did a ‘umount’ on /dev/sdc3 which worked but when I tried to mount it again I was informed…
“mount: can’t find /dev/sdc3 in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab”.
So I went back to kwrite and tried to open the partition from there, a little rumble from my hard disk and there it was again. Went back and tried a mount /dev/sdc3 and got a…
“mount: according to mtab, /dev/sdc3 is already mounted on /media/Home_sdc3_100GB”
Am I missing something, a new function in 11.1 perhaps or is this just weird? I’ve been running various Linux’s for ten years and normally the only problem has been getting partitions to mount!
I should add that none of the Gentoo partitions are available.
Personally I think this might be a serious security issue so please feel free to delete this post mister moderator!
Many thanks to anyone who can cast a little light on this for me!