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I just installed rh9 on a friend's PC as a single drive dual-boot. He began with two 15GB NTFS partitions, so I removed the second one, gave about 4.5GB to / and then filled up the remaining space with a new fat32 partition (because ntfs isn't supported under linux, right?, and I wanted him to be able to share his data between the two OSs). I created the fat32 partition with something called Paragon Partition Manager under XP.
I've modified fstab so that the fat32 partition is mounted to /fat32 at start-up. It's working OK except that the permissions for /fat32 (when mounted) allow only u (i.e. root) to write files. I can neither change the owner of /fat32 when mounted, or alter the permissions (and if I log in as root and make the changes in graphical mode, they simply don't get registered). This renders the partition pretty useless unless he's prepared to log in as root or do everything from the terminal. How can I make the partition writable for other users?? I never had this problem before, so I just can't work out what's going on. Furthermore, because my own computer is a few hundred miles away, I can't check it out for comparison.
What does the fstab entry for the part. look like? My guess is that you would have to make the files owned by the user or group of users that you want to be able to write to the partition with the gid and.or uid options.
Change this line:
/dev/hda6 /fat32 vfat defaults 1 1
/dev/hda6 /fat32 vfat users,auto,umask=002,rw 0 0
Or for the more technical geeks:
/dev/hda6 /fat32 vfat users,uid=0,gid=0,umask=002,auto,noexec,rw 0 0