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No fstab file - Tried creating - Bad mistake
Authored by: apr400 on Dec 10, '03 06:00:43AM
I have no fstab, but I do have fstab.hd which has this non-commented text in about the file:

This file does nothing, contains no useful data, and might go away in future releases. Do not depend on this file or its contents.

I tried creating an fstab and my machine wouldn't boot. I didn't even get to the gray screen, just a couple of lines of text which I will remember to write down next time I see them. Didn't get far enough to write errors to the log either, so I'm guessing that it was the presence of fstab rather than the change to rc. Given that, it would be useful if someone could post a copy of their fstab. I know it's supposed to be all commented, but maybe it has a shebang at the top.

I booted off a backup and checked the alterations I'd made to fstab and rc but they were all fine. So for the moment I've reverted to the old rc and deleted fstab.

When I get a chance I might try the same thing with fstab.hd, and am also trying to figure out why I have no fstab. My Panther is an upgrade install on top of 10.2.8. I have a colleague who did a clean install and does have fstab so maybe that's the difference - Anyone confirm that?

Also does anyone know if this Jaguar hint ( for creating an fstab and adding it to netinfo still works in Panther?

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No fstab file - Solution
Authored by: apr400 on Dec 16, '03 09:18:47AM

In the end, I backed up, and then did an Archive install. Less painful than I expected.

That gave me an fstab to work with, and I was able to make the swapfile change. One oddity was that vm and the swapfile didn't appear in my new swap partition to start with. But after deleting swapfile0 in private/var/vm, and restarting again everything was okay.

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