OpenSUSE Install :: Completely Messed Up System (fstab)?

Aug 11, 2010

This is an install of openSUSE-11.2 32bit. Obvoiusly, during the fresh install something went wrong. The HDD has 4 primary partitions, meant for /boot / swap /home (in that order). Instead of /home partition /dev/sda4 is mounted on /usr.

Currently it looks like this:

# fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000cbdf6


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This is just a files sharing partition, it is not a system partition.

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