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Old 11-04-2003, 04:54 PM   #1
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mounting hd (fat) with existing files on it


I've got a hd wich I brought to a LAN party (since my connection is'nt the best) to download some files... Well, to make windows able to read the hd it had to be FAT.

Now, wen I'm back in Linux and want to mount the hd and edit the files as a normal mortal user, it can't be done... Well, I know you can't chmod files on a FAT partition, but I also know that you can edit /etc/fstab so that when the hd is mounted ordinary users should be alble to fiddle with the files...

from my fstab:

/dev/hdb5 /mnt/hd vfat defaults,umask=000,mode=060 0 0

should'nt this mean that the group are able to read and write to the hd?

and when I mount the hd the entire hd is owned by root and the group root. And since it it a FAT partition I can't change it...

What should I do to solve the problem? I'm surtain it's a simple answer =)
Old 11-04-2003, 07:59 PM   #2
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You might want to check out the man page for mount (man 8 mount or here

If you look at the section of '-o' options there are some parameters that you might find helpful, like 'users'.

Actually maybe looking at this thread would be better.
Old 11-05-2003, 12:06 PM   #3
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Actually, the first link miknight posted has exactly what you're looking for, in the filesystem-specific section for FAT32 at the bottom.


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