fstab and fsck

Erik Ohls eohls at welho.com
Thu Mar 1 17:24:58 GMT 2007

Den Thursdayen den 01 March 2007 16:58:11 skrev michael tucker:

> every time i try to compile anything----- could be games for linux  or add
> ons  or merly trying to boot up a live cd of knoppix 3 kings editon.
> it keeps on saying something about my fstab and fsck needs soemthing to be
> done to it---- saying its not configured properly

Unless you tell us EXACTLY what the error message says it's not possible to 
help you, particularly as fstab and fsck are two very different things.

fstab is a simple text file that lists where the partitions in your system 
should be mounted, what kind of file system they have been formatted with, 
whether they they should be mounted automatically or not, who's allowed to 
mount and access them, and things of that kind. 

fsck is a program (or rather a front-end for several programs) that can check 
the file systems on your hard drive and hopefully repair them if any errors 
are found.

> it says on fstab and fsck man doc
> that the system adim main duty is to keep fstab and fsck updated as in
> puting folders or programs in it
> how??????????

Actually the man page for fstab says "it  is  the duty  of  the system 
administrator to properly create and maintain this file" after giving the 
reason: "fstab is only read by programs, and not written" (a statement that 
is not entirely true anomore). Anyway, in a modern distro you don't have to 
do anything to fstab -- unless something goes wrong. But when something does 
go wrong you won't get any help unless you can give us a hint as to what.

> also is there any way possible i can make myself to root privaleges  like
> when going into yast or time configuration or such i dont have to type my
> root password every single time?????
> putting myself in the same group as root-- didnt help

You can log in as root, which is dangerous and not to be recommended, you can 
give root a zero-length password, which is also dangerous and not to be 
recommended, or you can use sudo. (Check out man sudo.)

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