I read some instructions for modifying the RPi that would require the cmdline.txt to be modified.

Unfortunately I have nothing but the Raspberry itself to mount the SD card, so I wonder whether I can mount the FAT32 partition of which the Raspberry booted, then modify the cmdline.txt from nano and then reboot.


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If you are trying to do this on the Pi, then the partition should be mounted, by default, in /boot. So just edit /boot/cmdline.txt

There should be no need to edit cmdline.txt in normal circumstances. There are lots of old instructions suggesting this, but virtually everything can be done more safely with raspi-config.

  • He may need to modify /etc/fstab. It looks like /dev/mmcblk0p1 is mounted with default mount options (/dev/mmcblk0p1 /boot vfat defaults 0 2), but I don't know what they are for RPI. Do you know if default is ro or rw?
    – user50099
    Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 4:58
  • The options I needed are not available in raspi-config. Answer worked like a charm Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 15:56

yes you can mount the fat partition for temporarly reasons, otherwise use fstab

sudo mount -t vfat -o uid=root /dev/mmcblk0p1 /mnt
sudo nano /mnt/cmdline.txt

have fun

  • You probably mean fstab Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 8:21
  • thank you for commenting, i corrected the typo. Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 18:02

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