Posts Tagged ‘ Ubuntu

Specify directory with spaces in /etc/fstab

If you want to add a filesystem to mount in /etc/fstab you need to use the octal ASCII value which is \040. In my case I have created a separate filesystem for VMware virtual machines:

/dev/mapper/vmwarefs  /var/lib/vmware/Virtual\040Machines ext3 defaults 1 1

If you have any other special characters which are causing problems you can check with

man ascii

for the value you need to specify.

Fix Grub inside a root.disk wubi configuration


Upgrading Wubi systems from 10.04 LTS is known to fail, and is not recommended at this time. 

(Bug Report 653134)

If you have already upgraded and find that the system reboots, hangs or drops you at a grub prompt when selecting Ubuntu (with or without error messages), then first try to replace the c:\wubildr file from the one in c:\ubuntu\winboot\wubildr (change ‘drive’ if necessary and backup c:\wubildr first as a precaution). This fix has been confirmed by many different people, as it appears that in many cases the upgrade is corrupting the wubildr file.

Otherwise another workaround is to boot a live CD, loop mount the wubi root.disk, edit the grub.cfg (gksu gedit /mountpoint/boot/grub/grub.cfg) and remove all lines above the first “menuentry”.

If you get a read-only error on grub.cfg, then either use vi or nano, or before running gedit first run:
sudo chmod +w /mountpoint/boot/grub/grub.cfg
Note: if you install kernel updates, new kernels, remove kernels, run update-grub etc. you’ll have to reapply the workaround as grub.cfg is regenerated automatically. It’s easier to do this before you reboot (or you’ll have to use the live CD again).

I am working on completing testing for this but so far it works on 10.04.1 and 10.10 which all are affected by the same issue.…0&postcount=78
You still need to boot the wubi before applying the permanent fix.

Last edited by bcbc; November 30th, 2010 at 05:23 AM.. Reason: added link to permanent fix


How can I access my Wubi root.disk data

Boot the Ubuntu Desktop CD, or another LiveCD, then mount the windows partition:

sudo mkdir /win
sudo mount /dev/sda1 /win

Replace sda1 with the appropriate device (a = disk, 1 = partition number), then mount the virtual disk therein

sudo mkdir /vdisk
sudo mount -o loop /win/ubuntu/disks/root.disk /vdisk

Now the content of the virtual disk will be visible under /vdisk. 7.04 users will have to install ntfs-3g first and specify it as fstype to gain r/w access.

To check the filesystem you can use:

sudo fsck /win/ubuntu/disks/root.disk


Mount Windows Shares Permanently Ubuntu 10.4

Make ubuntu 10.4 have icons for SMB network folders on the desktop when available.

MountWindowsSharesPermanently.PDF.ZIP – Site download


Useful Ubuntu Commands

A list of usful commands.

  • gksudo nautilus (opens file browser as admin)
  • sudo -i (open a sudo terminal)
  • apt-get update (get apt-get uptodate)
  • apt-get install nautilus-gksu (Open folder as root)
  • apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager (Extra cool graphics)
  • apt-get install x11vnc (VNC for linux, nice to have remote desktop viewer on reverse)
  • apt-get install xrdp (xRDP application)
  • apt-get install ddclient ( updater)
  • apt-get install hplip-gui (GUI HP Printer Tools)
  • dpkg -l | grep ii >file.txt (Get a list of software installed and put into file |grep not required)
  • Image Resizer
  • Install SSH
  • Batch Image Editor