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I just installed Ubuntu 12.04.1 and there is no /etc/fstab This must be new in 12.04.1 because I was running 12.04 months ago and it was there. I didn't do an upgrade I did a clean install. Where has this file moved to? I use it to automount my windows partition and to bind folders within that partition to ubuntu

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How did you install Ubuntu? (WUBI, installation on a separate partition, ...). And: are you sure? What happens when you do file /etc/fstab from command line? – January Sep 18 '12 at 8:08
lsb_release -a : No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS Release: 12.04 Codename: precise file /etc/fstab: /etc/fstab: ASCII text. So, as you can see, it is there in my case. – Frantique Sep 18 '12 at 8:10
How did you know that there is not /etc/fstab? You can't even boot to Ubuntu without that file. – Anwar Shah Sep 18 '12 at 8:13

This must be new in 12.04.1 because I was running 12.04 months ago and it was there

No, the file is still /etc/fstab in Ubuntu 12.04.1. I installed and used it. Also note, you can't boot to the Ubuntu without that file.

I think, the case is, the new installation of Ubuntu 12.04.1 created a new /etc/fstab file and thus your entries to boot Windows drives have been lost.

I suggest you to add those entries again to your /etc/fstab file to automount them again.

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