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Old 01-08-2005, 05:17 PM   #1
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Can't add users!


I have a problem, I try to add a user but when I do
this happens

Adding user `matt'...
Adding new group `matt' (1000).
Adding new user `matt' (1000) with group `matt'.
Creating home directory `/home/matt'.
chown 1000:1000 /home/matt: Operation not permitted
Cleaning up.
Removing directory `/home/matt'
Removing user `matt'.
Removing group `matt'.
groupdel: group matt does not exist

this is a huge problem the only user I have is root! if it matters /home is on a different partition then /, its a fat32 partition if that matters

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Old 01-08-2005, 05:24 PM   #2
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Dear Mr. New,

If you're familiar with the command line, try:

# mkdir /home/matt
# useradd -d /home/matt -s /bin/bash matt
# chown matt:users /home/matt

Note: this does not create a matt group.

Good luck.

- Ben
 
Old 01-08-2005, 05:54 PM   #3
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Dear Mr. New,

If you're familiar with the command line, try:

# mkdir /home/matt
# useradd -d /home/matt -s /bin/bash matt
# chown matt:users /home/matt

Note: this does not create a matt group.

Good luck.

- Ben
It won't let me change ownership of /home/matt I was logged on as root, heres what It said-

changing ownership of `/home/matt': Operation not permitted
 
Old 01-08-2005, 06:23 PM   #4
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/home is on a different partition then /, its a fat32 partition if that matters
Bad news: it very much matters. The Fat32 filesystem does not support permissions. That means the attempt to change ownership and permissions will fail everytime. If you want to create a partition that is readable by both windows and linux, then I would suggest creating a partition, formating it as FAT32, and then mounting it somewhere such as /home/windows_share. If you're not trying to share a partition, then dump Fat32 like a hot potato.

You can work around this problem is you absolutely must, but it will be more pain than it's worth... trust me.
 
Old 01-08-2005, 06:24 PM   #5
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well, since I'm not really using that partition can I reformat and change it?
 
Old 01-08-2005, 06:29 PM   #6
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Sure. From the command line, execute these commands:

umount /home
mkfs.ext3 /dev/hd??
mount -t ext3 /dev/hd?? /home


Obviously, you'll need to replace hd?? with the apropriate drive and partition number for your /home partition. Then you can create the /home/matt directory and change permissions.

NOTE: you may also need to change your /etc/fstab. Open it up in a text editor, look for a line that looks like:
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/dev/hd??      /home     vfat  ...
The key thing is the vfat. Change it to ext3 and save. If you're not sure, just post the whole contents of /etc/fstab and I'll help you make the necessary change.

Last edited by Dark_Helmet; 01-08-2005 at 06:32 PM.
 
Old 01-08-2005, 07:27 PM   #7
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I changed a few things I decided I'll keep it but change it to /home/windows for windows and linux to share I just put that in fstab created that directory and it worked
 
Old 01-08-2005, 09:05 PM   #8
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Dear Mr. New,

I apologize for not reading your initial post more thoroughly. I didn't see that FAT32 part

If you do decide to remove your FAT partition, I have one confused word of warning. I had problems with lilo when I tried removing windows; I don't know exactly why. Be very sure to have a debian boot disk availabe.

- Ben
 
  


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