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Old 01-31-2005, 08:13 PM   #1
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No writing to 90% of my devices


For some odd and unknown reason, I cannot write to ANY of my devices (what I can do is delete files... odd). My floppy drive, my ZIP Drive, or any of my windows partitons (under the names /fac-1 - /fac-3).
Is there a way to fix this weird problem under Slack 10?


Error Message 1:
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Writing to devices is not supported
Error Message 2:
(Obtained by trying to give rights to anybody (including root)
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Changing the attributes of files is not supported with protocol devices
 
Old 01-31-2005, 09:35 PM   #2
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You aren't trying to write to, or change the permissions of the device itself, by any chance ?

What does your /etc/fstab have to say ?

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Old 01-31-2005, 11:18 PM   #3
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I hope you are not using NTFS, because those messages seem to be NTFS problems. Linux does not have write support for NTFS partitions. Though there are exceptions like using captive-ntfs.
 
Old 02-01-2005, 12:52 PM   #4
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Yes, actually, my harddrives are NTFS, that's fine and I can understand then that it won't write to them, however that still leaves the question of the ZIP and Floppy drive. I'll post the results of fstab when I get home.
 
Old 02-01-2005, 03:06 PM   #5
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It is possible that the floppy and zip has NTFS filesystem. I have seen on many systems that Windows selects NTFS for either floppy or zip. If you think they use FAT filesystem, you have to login as root or su. Then change the permissions for /mnt/floppy after you have mount the mediums. Also you may want to use umask=000 in the mount options.
 
Old 02-01-2005, 08:15 PM   #6
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Thanks alot! I will try this soon and post the results.
 
Old 02-01-2005, 10:52 PM   #7
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My fstab reads back to me...

Quote:
/dev/hdb6 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/hdb7 / ext3 defaults 1 1
/dev/hda1 /fac-1 vfat defaults 1 0
/dev/hda2 /fac-2 ntfs ro 1 0
/dev/hdb5 /fac-3 ntfs ro 1 0
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,owner,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner 0 0
/dev/sdb4 /mnt/zip vfat noauto,umask= 000 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
As you can see, I have umask for the ZIP drive (however I have absolutely no idea what this does or what this means, I still have the same error with the floppy drive as the ZIP drive).
 
  


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