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Old 12-08-2004, 02:20 PM   #1
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VMWare r/w weird trouble

Hi guys,
I have a quite weird problem using VMWare (the latest version). I'll explain that briefly:
I've got a dual boot pc running both WinXP and Fedora Core 2. Under FC2 I've installed VMWare and, with it, created a virtual disk under one of my FAT32 partition (to which I gave full r/w and exec access), so that I could access to it also with WinXP, and I installed there Win2000. I also put in Shared Folder a folder that I called Drives (which resides in my / directory, /drives/), that contains all FAT32 and NTFS partition mounted in it's subdirs. For example, good old C: is mounted under /drives/C and so on...
From within the Virtual Machine I can freely access all these partitions without any problem, but, if I ever dare to try writing something to one of them, for example to the one where the VM phisically resides, I get a write error: access denied. Now, after I try to write something ANYWHERE inside the Shared "Drives" Folder, my permissions to write inside of them disappears ALSO UNDER LINUX! So when I shut down the VM, VMWare insults me telling me he has no write access to the disk bla bla bla...
So I thought: why not running it as root? Well, this is really weird, I lost permissions even if I'm root. So I can't write ANYTHING under those partitions after a write attempt with VMWare...
I tried to mount the /home/myuser/ folder, and there I get no errors, no problems, nothing. Just those fu***** /drives/* folders does not seem to like that Win2k tries to write them...

(i attach my fstab, maybe it depends from that...)

1 1
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hdd1 /drives/D vfat rw,auto,user,umask=1000,exec 0 0
/dev/hdd2 /drives/H vfat rw,auto,user,umask=1000,exec 0 0
/dev/hdf1 /drives/L vfat rw,auto,user,umask=1000,exec 0 0
/dev/hdf4 /drives/M vfat rw,auto,user,umask=1000,exec 0 0
/dev/hda1 /drives/C ntfs ro,auto,user,umask=0222,exec 0 0
/dev/hda2 /drives/E ntfs ro,auto,user,umask=0222,exec 0 0
/dev/hde1 /drives/I ntfs ro,auto,user,umask=0222,exec 0 0
LABEL=/home /home ext3 defaults 1 2
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
/dev/cdrom1 /drives/F udf,iso9660 user,unhide,noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
/dev/cdwriter /drives/G udf,iso9660 user,unhide,noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
/dev/sda1 /drives/K auto rw,noauto,user,umask=1000,exec 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0

thanks for helping,
Old 12-08-2004, 04:23 PM   #2
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Ok, some news: i jammed a bit with permissions on drives etc (without touching fstab) and managed, at least, to get write permission for root. Still, I've got no idea on how I made it. Hope this lasts...
Anyways, I've got write permissions even for my user, so why from within VMWare it all screws up?! What if I wanted not to type any time I star VMWare the root password and maybe run it as user and not as root, and still have the right to write on FAT32?



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