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I recently stole 25 gigs from my windows drive and made a new partition. My intent is to use that 25 gigs as a storage place for files to use on whatever OS I'm running at the time.
I wanted it mostly for media. And I mounted it as /media. It seems to have mounted fine. I can't access the partition though (permissions show that other users are forbidden). I want the permissions to be set so everybody has read and write permissions for it. I am running Mandriva 2006.
That will allow everyone to see the files and ordinary users can mount/unmount the file system. Write access for NTFS needs to be compiled into the kernel. I've never used write access to NTFS from Linux since there are heaps of sites pointing out the risks - be sure that your data is backed up before you attempt something like this.
I don't understand what you meant by all the write stuff. I don't know how to compile something into the kernel.
Would I just be better off using a different format that windows recognizes? It was set to NTFS as default (I made the partition from windows). I'm ok with changing the format of the drive if it's easier to get it to work the way I want. There's really nothing on there right now anyways. I just need one that windows and linux both recognize (and give read/write access).
To give a specific user ownership of the files, use uid=value or to give ownership to an entire group use gid=value, where value is the id from /etc/passwd for uid and /etc/group for gid.
As an example, if your username was ekuliak you'd get your uid from /etc/passwd with grep '^ekuliak' /etc/passwd | cut -d: -f 3. If the group you wanted to give ownership was users, you'd get the gid from /etc/group with grep '^users' /etc/group | cut -d: -f 3. if the uid was 1000 and the gid was 100, the line from before would then become: