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Old 08-04-2003, 05:34 PM   #1
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Writing to hdd's

Hey Guys, i just recently unplugged myself from the microsoft matrix. I have mounted my FAT32 drives in my box, i can read to them as anyone, but i can only write to it as a root.

As far as permissions are concerned, i only know basic folder permissions.

Any help would be great.
Old 08-04-2003, 05:46 PM   #2
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It has been discussed here very thorough before, the hint is you need to edit /etc/fstab file where there is (are) entry(ies) for windows partition(s) you need to add an option user
like the following
/dev/hda1 /mnt/cdrive vfat user,other options 0 0
This is assuming the windows partition resides on /dev/hda1 block device and the mount point /mnt/cdrive is where you mount it normally and it exists on the system.
Old 08-04-2003, 05:49 PM   #3
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To give everyone read and write permissions get root permissions and type 'chmod 777 filename. Or if you are in a gui just right click on the file name select properties and there should be a tab for permissions and just give user write permissions.
Old 08-04-2003, 05:51 PM   #4
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Hi majeztik

Its the

umask = 000

option you need in the relevant /etc/fstab line

(just substitute in your Partition and Mount point in place of my example ones)

/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows vfat defaults,umask=000 0 0

Last edited by Skyline; 08-04-2003 at 05:54 PM.
Old 08-04-2003, 06:58 PM   #5
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thanks heaps for your help guys.


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