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    Question no /etc/fstab file

    Need to add a line to my etc/fstab location to enable USB operation in guest Win XP Pro on my Gutsy host.

    When I look for etc/fstab I don't find it. Is it possibly some kind of hidden file?

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    Re: no /etc/fstab file

    try doing the following in a terminal:

    Code:
    sudo gedit /etc/fstab
    hidden or not that should bring it up.

    You must have an fstab file somewhere!

    You have installed ubuntu and aren't just running from the live CD aren't you?
    Last edited by njparton; December 7th, 2007 at 06:28 PM.

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    Smile Re: no /etc/fstab file

    Many thanks for setting a Linux beginner straight!

    Your suggested terminal command line did the trick, and no, I am not working with a live CD, but with an installed Gutsy.

    I can only assume I was faked out by some kind of hidden file situation.

    Thanks again!

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    Re: no /etc/fstab file

    The problem was either :

    1. you did not open the file as root.

    2. wrong path. etc/fstab is not the same as /ect/fstab

    The first is the relative path and starts in your home directory (ie /home/<you>/etc/fstab

    The second is absolute and start at root / ie /etc/fstab
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    Smile Re: no /etc/fstab file

    Thanks for the info. I'm not sure I originally searched for this file properly -- I opened the file system, and worked my way down to /etc/, observing a large number of files under /etc/, but no fstab. Opening the file with gedit, however, gave me access to /etc/fstab to add the necessary line, and the change produced the desired result..

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