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Old 12-09-2003, 08:47 PM   #1
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Question letting non-root users mount devices

Hey Folks:

I'm running RedHat8.0. Anytime I want to mount a device I have to
log in as root. Does anyone know of a file I can edit in order to change
this restriction. This is not an urgent or important issue. It's merely

Old 12-09-2003, 09:30 PM   #2
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"Does anyone know of a file I can edit in order to change
this restriction. "

Yes. You change /etc/fstab. Here are some examples:
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom auto noauto,owner,exec,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,exec 0 0

You also may need to change the permissions of the corresponding devices:
chmod 777 /dev/fd0
chmod 777 /dev/scd0
or wherever your floppy and cdrom happen to be.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

Steve Stites
Old 12-09-2003, 09:30 PM   #3
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From /etc/fstab file:

/dev/fd0 /fd0 auto noauto,user 0 0

NOTE: The user option allows any user to mount a floppy. This can be applied to partitions or CD's too.
Old 12-10-2003, 07:09 AM   #4
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user or users can be applied to ext2/3 filesystems (and probably most others)

I *think* that they work like this...

'user' enables any user to mount the device. only that user and root can unmount it.

'users' enables any user to mount AND unmount the device, even if aready mounted by another user.

here's another example for you...
/dev/hda3 /data/local ext3 auto,users,async,atime,nosuid,grpid,noexec 1 2

The user will need write permission to the mount point too (/data/local)

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