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Old 10-20-2004, 02:57 PM   #1
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Mount / fstab help

I just recently installed Debian Sid on my machine. This is a dual boot machine with an NTFS partition for XP and a Fat32 partition for general data storage. I created folders under /mnt for these two file systems to be mounted. If I mount them as my normal user or as root, the icon for the folder containing the NTFS partition changes to locked and I can only access it as root. How can I have them mount in such a way that a normal user can access those partitions?

The last two lines in my fstab are as follows:

/dev/hda1 /mnt/cdrive ntfs auto,user 0 0
/dev/hda2 /mnt/fat32 auto auto,user 0 0

Also, what would be the best way to add a line to this file for my USB external hard drive so I can easily plug and unplug it?
Old 10-20-2004, 03:24 PM   #2
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/dev/hda1 /mnt/cdrive ntfs umask 0 0 0
/dev/hda2 /mnt/fat32 vfat umask 0 0 0

Edit - about the usb drive, this line works for me, but to use it you need to apply the supermount patch to your kernel then enable supermount in your kernel config (it's on the psudo filesystems submenu of the filesystems menu) then recompile. It may be possible to use Submount but whenever I've tried it I couldn't write to the mounted filesystem as a user. The only reason I'm thinking about Submount is because I'm having trouble applying the supermount patch to the 2.6.9 kernel.

none /mnt/mp3 supermount dev=/dev/sda1,fs=auto 0 0

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Old 10-20-2004, 05:55 PM   #3
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SuSE doesn't use supermount, I wonder how it accomplishes the automounting. I got autofs installed and got it to automount the drive whenever I cd'd or ls'd to it, but I still have to umount it before I unplug it so that it will work when I plug it back up. I read briefly on the SuSE site and it seems they handle things a bit differently from the norm?


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