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Newbie in the House - Text editing Problem

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#1 lawrencesha



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Posted 04 November 2004 - 05:47 PM

Hi Guy!
I'm a newbie to Linux (just managed to install my 1st RedHat Linux 9 2 days ago) smile. As any typical Windows user, I'm dumb folded :x by Linux. My jaw fell off as I stared at my monitor, not knowing how to start using it!Therefore, I though I might get some help from the Linux Gurus here!

Well, I need to learn how to do text editing in Linux. I tried VI and I gave up almost instantly. (Can't blame me.. I'm a NotePad user!). Any suggestions and help is much appreciated. I just need to add a line to my /etc/fstab so that it can auto-mount my WinXP partition during boot-up.

Talking about mounting, I got a few questions too...
/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows vfat auto,umask=0 0 0
what does auto and unmask=0 0 0 do? I manage to mount the partition that I wanted without these parameter. So, are they necessary?

Many thank in advance!

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#2 egorgry



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Posted 04 November 2004 - 08:29 PM

Welcome and you will love VI once you learn it. smile

umask=000 is the permissions on the drive in this case read write execute by all. auto is for auto mounting at boot time. if you need to use a nice text editor as root on the console type gedit /etc/fstab you should be comfortable with gedit it's liek notepad but a better.

#3 SoulNothing



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Posted 04 November 2004 - 08:33 PM

totally agree gedit is great i find vi a bit hard as well but once you learn and if u dont have gedit here is a link to it

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