is it easy to add /dev/hda4?
I'm new here and actually know little about the nuts and bolts of
linux though I briefly played with it maybe eight years ago.
I've been following the mt-daapd development and have even gotten it
running (barely) on my NSLU2.
One thing I wanted to be able to do was to have a fat32 partition
mounted under my music directory so that I could have access to my
music both via mt-daapd and also when the hard drive is plugged
directly into my (or any) windows computer. Needless to say, I'd be
able to add music to the hard drive too.
So, I figured how to add a fat32 partition in a complicated and ugly
manner, but the NSLU2 doesn't seem to have a /dev/hda4 or /dev/hdb4
I can't just add a new mount point in fstab.
Is this a simple thing to add? Rather, is this something I can add
a telnet session or would I have to compile a new kernel or something?
Right now I don't even have linux installed (besides a cd bootdisk)
much less a compiler and toolchain.
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> One thing I wanted to be able to do was to have a fat32 partition
> mounted under my music directory so that I could have access to my
> music both via mt-daapd and also when the hard drive is plugged
> directly into my (or any) windows computer. Needless to say, I'd be
> able to add music to the hard drive too.
> So, I figured how to add a fat32 partition in a complicated and
> manner, but the NSLU2 doesn't seem to have a /dev/hda4 or /dev/hdb4Try "mknod /dev/sda4 b 8 4" to create an entry in the device table.
> I can't just add a new mount point in fstab.
This will create a block device driver of Major ID 8 and minor ID 4.
The other three partitions, /dev/sda1, sda2, sda3, are minor
devices 1, 2 & 3 respectively so you'll want the 4th partition to have
minor number 4.
Do an "ls -l /dev/sda* to make sure that the major/minor numbers
match what I wrote for your system.
Now that you've got an entry in the /dev directory, it's time to see
if you can use it. I went to /proc and did a "cat /proc/filesystems"
to see what was supported. Apparently they only support EXT2, EXT3
and VFAT. VFAT can handle FAT32 filesystems.
You'll also need a mount point -- i.e. an empty directory to serve
as the "top" of the drive. You can either use one of the three
sub-directories in the /mnt directory, or create your own in the
/share directory. I'd prefer the latter since it's consistent with the
other disk mounting points. So "mkdir /share/iTunes"
Finally, you have to mount your partition. Do this via:
"mount -t vfat /dev/sda4 /share/iTunes"
Just for kicks, I thought I'd try out a USB flash drive I had sitting
around. I plugged it in, and it mounted/unmounted it via
"mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /mnt/tmpmnt" and everything works