The HAL daemon keeps replacing entries in my /etc/fstab file. Everytime I reconfigure my cdrom mpunt points from /dev/hdd to /dev/cdroms/cdrom0 and so on, the hal utility keeps rearranging it and makes a new entry pointing to /dev/hdd.
The result is that in gnome, then I open up Computer I have two entries for my DVD rom, 2 entries for my CD-Writer, floppy, etc.
My question is, how do you tame this HAL thing? Or am I suppose to forget it and just edit /etc/mtab?
mtab is a list of currently mounted filesystem and is created by the system so you shouldn't touch it. To solve your problem you can (1) disable hal or (2) remove the dvd/cd/floppy lines from fstab and let hal handle them.
Making fstab read only may help too, but it may break hal...