by March 7, 2003 0 comments

PCQLinux 8.0 searches for FAT32 partitions during install, automatically mounts and creates desktop icons for them. You can read as well as write to them. You need to mount NTFS and FAT16 partitions manually. The basic syntax for the mount command is:

mount -t <filesystem> <device-name> <mount-point>


What is the IP address of my machine?
Run the command ifconfig in a terminal window, and it will show you the IP address of all network interfaces on your machine. If you want to know only the IP address of a particular interface, then use #ifconfig ethx, where x is the number of your interface device.

How do I take a screen shot?
To take a screen shot press the printscreen key on your keyboard in GNOME. It will launch a dialog box where you can preview and save the full screen shot. In KDE you can use ksnapshot. You can start it by going to start / graphics /screen capture program. This has the additional facility to grab only the active window which is containing the cursor.

How do I make a boot floppy after installation?
To create a boot floppy run the following comand in the terminal
#mkbootdisk –device /dev/fd0 2.4.18-24.8.0
where /de/fd0 is the floppy device and 2.4.18-24.8.0 is the version of the kernel you are running. To do this graphically in KDE, goto start /extra /system tools and click on create a boot disk.

Here the <filesystem> is msdos (for Fat16), vfat (for Fat32) or ntfs (for NTFS). Device name is the name of the file representing the partition inside Linux. We can find out the device name of the Windows partition using the fdisk -l command.

The first column in the output shows the name of the device and the last column shows the

To mount NTFS partitions, issue the command “uname -p”. Note down the processor type and browse to From Download section>RedHat> 8.0 >kernel 2.4.18-24.8.0. Download the RPM for the processor type you had noted down aboveand install it.

#rpm -Uvh <name-of-rpm-file>

Now, issue modprobe ntfs, and mount the ntfs partition as:

#mount -t ntfs /dev/hdc1 /mnt/ntfs

It is mounted as read-only at the /mnt/ntfs directory you have already created.

Shekhar Govindarajan

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