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Old 09-20-2007, 12:39 PM   #1
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Partition ownership user or root


Hi, I just reinstalled linux (mepis 6.5) and decided to
create a spare partition for mp3s, photos etc.

The partition will only be mounted when needed as I assume
that this 'may' give a bit more protection from accidental
deletion or any other stupid action I might take!
Is that a reasonable assumption?

The owner was root but I decided to change owner to user(me).
Is there any advantage on a single user un-networked pc of...

1. root as owner and user full permissions
2. user as owner

Thanks
 
Old 09-20-2007, 12:56 PM   #2
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"The partition will only be mounted when needed as I assume
that this 'may' give a bit more protection from accidental
deletion or any other stupid action I might take!
Is that a reasonable assumption?"

There are ways to mess up an unmounted partition such as formatting the partition. The best way to protect yourself is to take periodic backups.


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Old 09-20-2007, 02:07 PM   #3
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There are ways to mess up an unmounted partition such as formatting the partition. The best way to protect yourself is to take periodic backups.
That's true, apart from doing full backups to multiple dvds which takes
quite a while, I'd like to find an app that will update only additions
since the last update. Any recommendations?
Thanks
 
Old 09-21-2007, 12:49 PM   #4
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That's true, apart from doing full backups to multiple dvds which takes quite a while, I'd like to find an app that will update only additions since the last update. Any recommendations?
Thanks
I recommend cp with the -u option. See:

man cp

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Old 09-22-2007, 11:29 AM   #5
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I recommend cp with the -u option. See:

man cp

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Thanks, that looks useful. I'm considering an external usb drive
just for backup, so cp -u could be just what I need.
 
  


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