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Old 07-31-2003, 04:40 PM   #1
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Changing permissions (chmod)

I'm trying to change the permissions on a partition so that I can copy files to it without changing to superuser. The partition is a VFAT partition I created to share files easily between windows and Linux - it's owner is root. I changed to root, then typed "chmod 777 /winshare" and got an error message saying permission was denied, which seems odd to me, considering that when I type "ls -ld /winshare" it tells me that the owner of the directory is "root." Clearly, the owner of a directory ought to have permission to do whatever the hell he likes with it. Help?

Additionally, is there a way to change to root in X? Thanks.
Old 07-31-2003, 04:52 PM   #2
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There are no permission in the VFAT filesystem. You can't change the permissions if they don't exist. You will need to set things up in your /etc/fstab file so that a regular user can mount the drive. One possible way is to add this line

/dev/??? /winshare vfat noauto,user,rw 0 0

to /etc/fstab and replace the ?'s with the appropriate device and partition number. There may be other ways, but I'm 99% certain that will work.

From your user account, you will have to type:
mount /winshare

whenever you want to access it.


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