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Old 02-17-2003, 03:20 PM   #1
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Permissions problem in mounted vfat partition

I have an old HD drive that used to have a dual boot Linux/Windows installation on it. I recently added the drive to a Linux installation that I wanted to use for experimenting with Samba. I was hoping that I could use the old Windows vfat partition as a Samba share.

But, I am finding that I cannot change the permissions on the old vfat shares so that a low level Samba client can write to the share. I've tried a variety of different mount options and switches and it makes no difference. I keep getting "Operation not permmited" messages whenever I try using chmod to allow others to write to that directory or those files where the partition is mounted.

I thought maybe that there was a permissions set under Windows that is causing the problem. But I can no longer boot to that installation, so that would not be a solution.

Does anyone have any idea what the problem here is?
Old 02-17-2003, 03:26 PM   #2
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You cannot change permissions on a Windows partition since vfat/fat32 does not support the Linux permissions.

Add umask etc. to your /etc/fstab


/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows vfat rw,auto,user,umask=0 0 0
Old 02-17-2003, 03:49 PM   #3
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That did it!

Thank you very much. You would think such a fundamental problem might be more transparently solved. But, that is Linux.


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