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Can you post your fstab line as it stands right now? and let me get this straight, everything mounts just dandy at boot time, only there is no write permissions? what do you do next? does chmod'ing it help?
On a side not, turn off the auto option and mount it manually with all the option you used in the fstab. any errors?
OK, manually mounting it,
mount -t vfat -O rw /dev/hda6 /mnt/files
had the same results: all files under the mount point were 0555. and if I chmod everything, it loses permissions when I unmount the filesystem.
umount /dev/hda6 #if mounted
manually mount it again, using -O debug,users,rw,exec,suid,gid=100,umask=000
see if that helps to figure out the problem.
I'm running out of ideas, and I don't have a fat partition to play with... the only thing I can right now think of is the debug option plus playing with your gid (how well does it work if you leave out the gid?)
Maybe someone will come along, if this still doesn't help...
when I mounted manually, I left out the gid, again no write perms.
what does debug do?
and I tried this:
chmod 0777 *
and it gave me a bunch of errors and only made everything 0755:
chmod: changing permissions of `dir_name' (requested: 0777, actual: 0755): Operation not permitted