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Old 07-02-2004, 01:08 AM   #1
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HD device permission

I installed SuSE 9.1 Pro on Monday and I've battled with it all week. This computer has an IDE hd with only linux on it.

When I go under My Computer the only devices listed are the CDROM and Floppy. I try to add one by right-clicking and selecting create new -> device -> add -> hard disc device, but when I select /dev/hda2 under the device tab it says "writing to drives is not supported".

The permissions are rw-r--r-- and it says root is the owner. Right now the only access I have to the HD is through a root console. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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The other way around:

Why do you think you need acces to the raw-device?

All hard-disk acces in Linux (unless you're developing
a re-partitioning tool or a special back-up solution) is
meant to be happening via mountpoints.

Old 07-02-2004, 03:47 AM   #3
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Have you tried mounting it?

Something like

mount /dev/hda2 /mnt/hdd1

but maybe you have a corrupt installation? Don't know HOW it is possible to boot Linux and run KDE off the disk if it is not mounted at all - per definition, that means that the very place that everything is read from to start your Linux does not exist!

I think something else is wrong here - what happens if you open a terminal? If you can get to your home directory (just type pwd and hit enter) it means that your hdd IS mounted and you are doing something else wrong.

Old 07-02-2004, 09:47 PM   #4
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well, it said it was already mounted, so I tried to remount it ans when I restarted booting fails and lists everything as permission denied. I tried running a rescue/fix but that didn't work. I'm going to reinstall and then post back.

The reason I want write permissions is b/c I'm putting up web pages but I can't copy them b/c the system is saying I don't have permission.
Old 07-17-2004, 09:05 PM   #5
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I'm bumping this because i have the exact same problem.

I want "My computer" to look the same as it does in Windows - showing all my mounts.

That means:
- Show my floppy and CD-ROM (like it does now)
- Show the mounted NTFS drives
- Show the mounted NFS drives.

I'm guessed this was done by doing the same as ce11 mentioned: "create new -> device -> add -> hard disc device" however i just get that silly message whatever i do.

Does someone know how to add shortcuts for the mounts in "My computer" where my floppy and CD-rom is?
Old 07-18-2004, 01:00 AM   #6
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do you wanna know how I fixed it? Well, since no one cares about Suse...I reformatted and installed Redhat 9.


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