NAVIGATING WINDOWS PARTITIONS
Let´s say you are browsing Scot´sNewsletterForum using your brand new Firebird in Linux.
And suddenly you would like to have some nice music in the background, but all your favorite music is stored on your Windows C:\My Music . . . .
No problem, just start ¨xmms¨ ( the Linux ¨winamp¨ ) click on the top left corner and select ¨play directory¨. You will get a window where you can browse /mnt ( will take a bit of time, just be patient ) /win_c and then My Music or any subdirectory in there, click OK and the music will start: you can play ¨London Calling¨ from the Clash and read ¨The Tips¨ from Amsterdam at the same time !
With the same trick you can also use that nice background picture stored in MY Pictures on your Windows partition as background in Linux.
Or open a document.doc (or .xls ) stored in My Documents in OpenOffice and work on them, copy them to Linux /home/bruno, drag and drop, any trick in the book.
Linux allows you full access to your C D E F etc. windows partitions, if they are Fat32 you can read and write them, NTFS formatted partitions sometimes do not allow writing to them, reading is however always possible. ( only remember as you click on /mnt it needs some time to ¨automount¨ the partitions. )
A pity it´s a one way street; from windows you can´t even see the Linux partitions, I think that they just prefer to ignore them
: If you are doing these things on the commandline and have to type "My Documents", Linux will read that space in the name as the end of the command ( Linux has no spaces in names ) To avoid this we use the "escape sign" "\" . . so we type "My\ Documnets" . . this way Linux knows the next character is to be seen as part of the name of the file/directory and not as a space.
-- Jun 2 2003 ( Revised Dec 15 2005 ) --