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Old 09-13-2004, 01:47 PM   #1
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Question How do I make my USB flash drive act like a normal disk?

I have a USB flash drive that I can plug in and mount as root under Slackware 10.0:

# mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/muvo
But, only root can read and write to the drive. I have tried to CHMOD the device /dev/sda1 and the mount point but still cannot read and write to the device as an underpriviledged user.

Does anyone know what I have to do to make the drive act like a regular disk? Also, is there a way to set up Slack to auto mount it whenever I plug it in, and umount it when I take it out?

Thanks ahead of time,

Old 09-13-2004, 02:13 PM   #2
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you might want to try this :
mount -t vfat -o umask=000 /dev/sda1 /mnt/muvo
as for auto mounting you might want to look at hotplug configuration.

Old 09-13-2004, 09:26 PM   #3
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One thing you could try is to add a line like this in your /etc/fstab:
/dev/sda1                  /mnt/muvo             vfat     noauto,users,rw,fmask=133,dmask=033  0 0
noauto means it is not automatically mounted on startup
users means that anybody can mount the drive and files on it automatically belong to that user
rw means mount read/write
fmask=133 means regular files will not have execute permission
dmask=033 means directories will have execute (traverse) permission

Then, as an ordinary user, type mount /mnt/muvo


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