[PLUG] How to mount volumes in Solaris 10 ?

Sriram Narayanan sriramnrn at gmail.com
Wed Jun 13 09:34:51 IST 2007

On 6/12/07, sco1984 at gmail.com <sco1984 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Yesterday I installed Solaris 10 on my laptop. I went for full installation
> with 10 gb hard disk space. No XP or any other Windows OS installed. But 1
> 20 gb FAT32 partition is available on my hdd.  Open SuSe 10.2 also exists on
> the same hdd. After installing Solaris 10, it failed to add Open SuSe
> 10.2in boot loader & also did not mount FAT32 volume. When I said  df
> -k it
> shows c0d0 ( the hdd number ) which is my FAT32, but ..Hmm ! How to mount
> ??? And to get my SuSe back, shall I rewrite bootloader with LILO bootloader
> of Linux OS ?

That's odd.. the Solaris 10 installer does do a good job with
detecting Windows and Linux partitions and then adding appropriate
entries to GRUB.

Solaris 10 has an custom GRUB - where the standard grub has support
for the UFS file system that Solais uses. If you can use a Linux Live
CD, then you could copy over the contents of the /boot/grub/menu.lst
file and then merge those contents into Solaris' /boot/grub/menu.lst

For mounting FAT/VFAT paritions
Based on information from: http://multiboot.solaris-x86.org/iv/3.html

mount -F pcfs /dev/dsk/c0d0p0:1 /mnt

Here, the :1 indicates that 1 is the first logical partition that you have.

> Java GUI seems fine with Star office 7.0 version and Solaris succesfuly
> detected my  sound card, video chip, ethernet, wireless too. It was amazing
> to see Java GUI.

Nice to learn of that :) Which laptop model do you have ?

> Is it neccesary to turn on NFS & then mount Windows volume
> on it ? I am confused. While installing , Soalris prompted me if I want to
> upgrade to NFS 4.4 . I was not sure and said NO. May be I did mistake....Any
> help ?

No, that was no problem at all. For mounting FAT32 partitions, use the
mount command that I've given earlier in this response. For working
with NTFS partitions, you'll have to use an OpenSolaris distro called
Belenix which has some tools that let you mount NTFS partitions. I
haven't used these yet, so I can't write more at the moment.

The Belenix.org site is a good starting point for getting started with

-- Sriram

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