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    Mtab, Kudzu

    ??? I just have a question. I had to alter my fstab file in order to mount a usb thumbdrive. I unmounted a second hard drive that normally mounts at boot. When I tried to remount the hard drive, I received an error 'no final newline at end of fstab'. I read somewhere to just put the word 'final' at the end of the file. I did that and I don't get the error now, so I guess it worked. Okay, now the point... while I was reading about this error, I came across something about the /etc/mtab file, and was wondering what on earth this is. It looks alot like the fstab file, but that is all I can gather. It almost looks like that filesystems that load at boot, but I am not sure... Also, as far as fstab entries, what is 'Kudzu'?
    Once again, thanks for the help! Maybe one day, after being around this for a while, I will be the one handing out the help instead of always asking for it
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    Re:Mtab, Kudzu

    mtab is short for Mount Table. It is basically a list of devices that get mounted, some upon boot, some not, and their dev nodes. Also, it shows permissions, filesystem type, and some other stuff. It is generally the same as the fstab, but it partains to devices rather than filesystems.

    On to Kudzu. it basically checks for new hardware and sets it up upon boot.

    From the man page:

    kudzu detects and configures new and/or changed hardware on a system.
    When started, kudzu detects the current hardware, and checks it against
    a database stored in /etc/sysconfig/hwconf, if one exists. It then
    determines if any hardware has been added or removed from the system.
    If so, it gives the users the opportunity to configure any added hard-
    ware, and unconfigure any removed hardware. It then updates the
    database in /etc/sysconfig/hwconf.

    If no previous database exists, kudzu attempts to determine what
    devices have already been configured, by looking at /etc/modules.conf,
    /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/, and /etc/X11/XF86Config.

    -Babbing

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    Re:Mtab, Kudzu

    Quote Originally Posted by vwgtiturbo
    I received an error 'no final newline at end of fstab'.
    that means you need a <enter> at the end of the file, so the last line has nothing on it
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

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    Re:Mtab, Kudzu

    Sweet! Thank you guys very much for the help. And they say that Linux is hard to learn... I figure with a forum like this of knowledgable users, nothing should be impossible.
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    Re:Mtab, Kudzu

    Quote Originally Posted by vwgtiturbo
    And they say that Linux is hard to learn...
    who??? :P :P
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

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    Re:Mtab, Kudzu

    ;D

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    Re:Mtab, Kudzu

    LOL!
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