[Lugstuff] Beginners Mounting questions

David F Bleil dfbleil at toad.net
Tue Sep 22 15:11:43 EDT 2009

I recently had to replace the primary hard disk, a SATA drive. When I restored 
my system from backup I found that my other SATA drive "Disk2" would not 
mount. The error message which is displayed 
is "org.freedesktop.hal.storage.mount-fixed
    auth_admin_keep_always  <-(action,result) Which I assume is from KDE.

My system is Open Suse 11.1 using KDE 3.5.1.

 The following is a copy of my /etc/fstab
/dev/sda3            /                    ext3       acl,user_xattr        1 1
/dev/sda2            /media/dos           vfat       
users,gid=users,umask=0002,utf8=true 0 0
/dev/sda1            swap                 swap       defaults              0 0
proc                 /proc                proc       defaults              0 0
sysfs                /sys                 sysfs      noauto                0 0
debugfs              /sys/kernel/debug    debugfs    noauto                0 0
usbfs                /proc/bus/usb        usbfs      noauto                0 0
###/dev/sdb1            /media/disk2         ext3       user,acl,user_xattr   
1 2
###/dev/sdc1                                          /media/disk          
ext2       defaults              1 2
I presume that the hash marks in front of dev/sdb1 and in front of dev/sdc1  
are comments and if I were to remove them I should be able to mount the disk. 
My questions are;
1. If I do this and reboot what is likely to go wrong?
2. What does "acl" and "user_xattr" mean?
3. Why did something comment out the other drive when I reinstalled from 


David F. Bleil
Catboat sailor from Crofton

SUSE Linux 11.1
This penguin can fly!

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