Subject: re: Installing and getting X11 to run
To: Hume Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steve Paul <email@example.com>
Date: 11/24/1995 11:38:40
On Thu, 23 Nov 1995, Hume Smith wrote:
> > One last general question: How do I get my /local partition to be
> > recognized by NetBSD? It mounts /root and /usr, but I have a 200MB /local
> > partition on my 530MB Fujitsu that I would like it to take advantage of!
> although the INSTALL instructions imply (to me) that /local will be
> set up to mount like / and /usr are, it apparently isn't, and i haven't
> found formal instructions on what to do.
> i took a wild stab with newfs and /etc/fstab... i can't remember
> exactly what i did, but i know i had a minimum of arguments to newfs
> (just device name, i think) and fstab is easy to figure out.
Yup- the /etc/fstab is the key.
In Unix, only root and swap mount with the kernal boot-loader. Any
additional filesystems thta you wish to mount must either:
a) be mounted manually from the command line.
or b) have an entry in the /etc/fstab.
The fstab acts like the DEVS/dosdrivers directory on the Workbench
side. If your system is set up properly, anything located there
will automatically mount at every boot.
For your /local partition, log-in as root and vi /etc/fstab
(Y)ank the /usr entry and (P)aste it. Modify the /dev/sdxx to match
the appropriate device and also change the mount-point (i.e. where
you want this thing to wind up "attached" to the filesystem, most
likely /local). You can then halt the system and on re-boot, fsck
will find it and run it's checks and after system start-up, it will
be there. (Verify with a "df" command to show its size and space free)
This also assumes that you completed the full installation with the
/local partitition mentioned at the prompts. If not, you will need
to run "newfs" prior to mounting it. The newfs is kinda like a
"format" on the amiga side. It lays down the file-structure, superblock,
etc. so Unix can use it as a normal filesystem. Try "man newfs" if you
One last suggestion- if you change the mount-point for a new filesystem,
try and keep it relative to the root (/). Mounting filesystems within
other secondary mounted partitions (i.e. /usr/local which mounts within
the /usr partition) is not a good idea since if /usr fails things can
get confusing. Use symbolic links instead.
Good luck! Enjoy!