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Old 02-23-2004, 07:20 PM   #1
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I really hate posting this fstab question but...

... I searched all the forums and tried all postings but still can't seem to get this 100% right.

I installed Slackware 9.1 on a free partition along side Windows ME formatted with FAT32. There is also another harddrive with WinME and FAT32. During the Slackware installation, it asked me if I wanted access to these drives and I answered 'yes'. They are automatically mounted as /fat-c and /fat-d. When I log in as root, I can go into these directories, edit existing files, and overwrite them just fine. When I log in as another user (uid=1000, primary group=users, alt group=root), I can go into these directories and although I can read existing files, I can not overwrite them. I do have the ability to create new files in those directories. I tried all the fstab suggestions I've seen posted here on linuxquestions (great site, BTW) but I haven't found my answer. I've even tried the alternative sites as one posting suggested - it helped me understand the fstab options better but did not solve my problem entirely.

Here is my fstab:
/dev/hdb5        swap             swap        defaults         0   0
/dev/hdb6        /                ext2        defaults         1   1
/dev/hda1        /fat-c           vfat        auto,users,rw,umask=0000,gid=users  1  0
/dev/hdb1        /fat-d           vfat        auto,users,rw,umask=0000,gid=users  1  0
/dev/cdrom       /mnt/cdrom       iso9660     noauto,users,ro  0   0
/dev/fd0         /mnt/floppy      auto        noauto,users     0   0
devpts           /dev/pts         devpts      gid=5,mode=620   0   0
proc             /proc            proc        defaults         0   0
How do I get *full* read/write access (i.e. overwrite existing files) from a user (non-root) account?

Thanks, and I appologize if this sort of thing is over-posted.
Old 02-23-2004, 07:24 PM   #2
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I think if you remove the umaks=0000 it might work for you.
Old 02-23-2004, 09:20 PM   #3
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I removed the umask=0000 and tried it. Now I get "Access denied" when I try to go into the /fat-c directory. I believe the umask=0000 is definately needed. Thanks, though.

I saw some other examples where the option "codepage=737" was used or an isotype (?) was specified. The books I have and the web info I found were vague in this area. Anybody have any thoughts on this?

Or am I just missing something really simple?
Old 02-23-2004, 10:55 PM   #4
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The codepage should have no effect on the permissions, try chmod files and directories in your fat32 partition.


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