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Originally posted by Baldrick65 This is really strange for a fat32 drive. Have you used any 3rd party encryption utils in windows that may be causing problems? You could also try creating another directory in Windows (or better still from Linux: mkdir /mnt/win/musicfiles as a normal user) and moving all your mp3's to there.
It's not strange: it tryes to chmod 755, but since there is a single readonly flag and not one for each u, g and o, it fails, setting permissions to 777 (which is actually what he was trying to acheve)
What I thought was strange is: dr-xr-xr-x 3 root root 32768 Oct 26 15:14 Music mp3 the output from ls -l /mnt/win lists the dir as no write access. As you point out, it is usual for a fat32 drive to be "777", hence my question about 3rd party utils.
You can't create links on a fat filesystem, it's not supported by kernel.
Note this is true for a native win system, too: mswin shortcuts are not at system level, they don't work trasparently on EVERY application: it's the application itself that cares about them.
As a curiosity, under linux you can add unix-like behavior to a fat filesystem mounting it as umsdos (unix-on-msdos), but it's terribly slow
Also note that even if you can't place a link ON a vfat, you can have a (soft) link pointing TO a vfat, like any other filesystem point.
Back to your problem, you can drag the folder to your desktop while holding ctrl+shift.
What i did on my own system is actually making a link in my ~ (/home/ale):
ln -s /mnt/data1/mp3 ~/mp3
Or you can do (from your home)
ln -s /mnt/win/Music\ mp3/* ~/mp3
This way, if you run out of space and move /mnt/win/Music\ mp3/Lennon to another disk, simply change the corresponding symlink and you'll still have it in ~/mp3/Lennon among others !
Links give linux a boost in flexibility, on home desktops awa on large university networks. Once you get familair with them you won't live without.
Refer to ln man page
I'm glad I was able to help you. And also, thanks to the other guys, I've learned a lot from this thread.
I have Fedora Core 1 and I downloaded the rpm to install the kernel module to allow me to mount my ntfs drive but I couldn't get it to install properly. I haven't actually had enough time to try it though (exam week) but I'll get to it this weekend.
Someone mentioned: Why run WinXP still?
Well, to be honest, I love Linux so far (i like challenges and things that make me think) but Windows still has a nicer GUI (i can't get gdesklets to run properly either.. I think it's somethin with Fedora because I tried it on 2 different machines and I followed instructions and all but it doesn't work), but aside from that, I think Linux rocks. It is truly amazing :-) it never crashes! and there's no need to restart it after every install!
Thanks and best wishes to all,
I love the penguin. But my heart stays with the Pandas.