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Old 10-25-2004, 06:02 PM   #1
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chown, chgrp Help

I have an old PC (233Mhz PII) running Mandrake 9.0 that is basically used as a jukebox and seti client. I just installed SUSE 9.1 Pro on another box that I'd like to ftp files to the Mandrake box (I'd like to use something like Windows drive mapping, but haven't quite figured that out yet).

I can ftp successfully from SUSE to Mandrake and move around, but the hd (/mnt/windows -> an old Windows fat32 drive) that contains all the music has owner/group:root/root and I'm logging in from ftp with a user ID. I don't really want to ftp as root, so I'm trying to change the owner/group of all 30 gigs or so of music, but am unable to do so - Mandrake keeps saying 'Operation not permitted' - even though I'm logged in as root. I've read the info and man pages, but can't seem to make it work. I've used various combinations of 'chown' and even tried 'chgrp'. Am I missing something really, really basic?

One other question - can anyone point me to some instructions for what used to be 'mapping a drive'? I have NFS installed on the SUSE box, but not Mandrake.

I'm very new at Linux, but for a variety of reasons (mainly security) am dumping Windows as my primary PC. I do work on unix boxes at work, but in a support role.

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Edit the relevant fstab entry on the mandreck box
to be something like

/dev/hda3 /share vfat auto,user,uid=<username>,rw,umask=000 0 0


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