I had created a bootable hackintosh usb stick but I found that I had a problem that could be solved by renaming a file or editing another. But the usb stick was read only and, in a moment of stupidity, I became root and edited /etc/fstab so that:


under dev/sda5 became:

error =remount-rw

As a result, when I rebooted the pc, it refused to boot. The drive is now mounted read-only and, as a result, I cannot change the rw back to ro. Can anyone help me change etc/fstab back and maybe help me edit the file on the bootable usb?


I mounted the partition using mount -o remount,rw /dev/sda5 / in the Ubuntu recovery terminal and then edited the file to fix the problem. I restarted the computer and that fixed it.

  • If something is already mounted, it's enough to specify either the device or image file to mount (/dev/sda5) or the mount point directory (/). Passing both as argument seems not to hurt, but is superfluous. – Byte Commander May 19 '16 at 19:41

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