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Old 07-29-2004, 01:04 PM   #1
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permissions dialog in kde

I'm in the process of setting up an old hp latop with linux for someone with zero linux knowledge and I'm trying to do it in a way that doesn't scare them away back to windows.
It's now got Slackware 9.1 installed and is running KDE for it's desktop environment. I have successfully adding an icon for a floppy drive and can easily mount, unmount read and write files to a DOS disk from the desktop. The problem is that I keep getting this annoying dialog box that reads: unable to change file permissions every time I drag a file to the floppy's directory. This message seems innocuous since the files can be moved back and forth, and a windows machine doesn't care about permissions and ownership. I've tried tweaking the /etc/fstab file but that doesn't see to work. Here's the relevant line:

/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,quiet,rw,users,umask=0000,gid=users 0 0

Since I am always flapping about how much better Linux is than Windows since it doesn't do all of the annoying crap all the time that we all love to hate about Windows, I want to get this system running as smoothly as possible. Any ideas?

Old 07-29-2004, 01:37 PM   #2
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try removing the umask=0000 and/or the quiet and try again...

i have the feeling it's one of those... i'm not sure though...

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Old 07-29-2004, 02:16 PM   #3
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/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,users,rw 0 0
easiest way is to do it like this!!
Old 07-29-2004, 05:24 PM   #4
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Hey thanks for the responses!
I tried both of your suggestions, rebooting after each change, and neither worked. I did come up with another clue, though.....
When I create the icon on the KDE desktop for the floopy device initially it is assigned ownership by root. But then once it has been mounted KDE changes its ownership to the user who is currently logged in. Mounting the drive from inside a terminal as root doesn't seem to do that.

Old 07-30-2004, 11:04 AM   #5
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Fixed it!
After having added mount points and fstab entries for a usb key and a digital camera, both of which use vfat as their file system type, I thought I'd try changing the floppy's type from auto to vfat. That did the trick. Now the trap for another hapless MS user has been baited with a smoothly running Linux system - assuming I can get the modem up and runing at the victim's house.... hehehe



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