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Re: Getting Linux to recognize Windows files.

David Stern wrote:
> On Mon, 23 Nov 1998 09:36:56 PST, Bret Craw wrote:
> > How do I get Linux to recognize the Windows files, so that I can use them.
> > I have free internet access in Win98, that I can't configure for Linux.  I
> > pull down my files to the Windows partition.  I have set up Linux to
> > recognize the MSDOS partition, so that I can see what is on the hard drive.
> > How do I get the files over into Linux and is there a way to get it to
> > recognize the long filenames, without concatinating them?  I have tried to
> > do it with TKdesk, but it keeps telling me that the directory is not
> > correct, even though I am looking at the file in the window.  I have tried
> > to copy the file, extracting the file to Linux, but nothing seems to work.
> > Is there a program that may make it easier?  Also, I am extremely new to
> > Linux, and am more comfortable in XWindows.
> >
> > Bret Craw
> > Maintenance Renewal
> Presumably you're mounting the win partitions as type dos or msdos?
> Try using vfat, it works for my winNT partition, and it used to work
> for my old win95 partition.  I'm not sure about win98.  Also, your
> kernel will have to support these fs types, so if it doesn't work,
> reconfigure and recompile your kernel. For a listing of fs types man
> mount.

Just in case you need to know, you're most likely trying to mount the
files either manually or in /etc/fstab. So the change to vfat that David
mentions needs to go either in your manual mount command or in the
/etc/fstab file. You may have already known this, but when I was
starting out I wouldn't have, so I thought I'd pass it on. If you make
the change in /etc/fstab, you'll then need to run the command:
  mount /a
to mount all the things listed in that file. (You'll probably need to
umount (unmount) the existing DOS partition first.)

> The win files will be owned by root, so you won't be able to write to
> them as a regular user.  Although I'm sure there are ways to directly
> edit your win files as user, I prefer to need to become root so that I
> don't accidentally overwrite the original win file, and instead just
> edit local copies as user, then become root to copy them back.  You
> should be able to copy from dos to local partition as a regular user,
> then as root chown the files to user.user if you want to save changes
> to them as user.
> $ su
> Password:
> # mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/dos
> # exit
> $ cp /mnt/dos/winfile.txt .   <--- Note "." means "to right here"
> $ su
> Password:
> # chown dstern.dstern file.txt
> # exit
> $ edit file.txt
> $ su
> Password:
> # cp file.txt /mnt/dos/winnt/profiles/dstern/personal/
> # exit
> HTH,
> --
> David
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