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Old 02-17-2004, 07:41 PM   #1
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mounting hdb not working

Hello, I can't spell so please be nice. I am trying to mount for read write, hdb1 and sdb1 drives. I followed the instructions in previous posts about drive mounting and the answers did not work so i am going to rewrite the problem here. I have a hdb1 and a sdb1 drive. I can mount them just fine for read as a user. Can read and write as root. I need to be able to read and write as a user. I updated fstab file as in previous posts like this
LABEL=/ / ext3 defaults 1 1
LABEL=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hda3 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom udf,iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
/dev/cdrom1 /mnt/cdrom1 udf,iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
/dev/hdb1 /mnt/hdb1 vfat auto,users,rw 0 0
/dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1 vfat auto,users,rw 0 0

hdb1 and sda1 from what the posts before said should mount automatically (and they do) But i still can not write to them as a normal user. Root can write to them fine, I also can't change the permissions. I have been messing with this for over a week not so i figured i would ask for help. (Another side question) Why when i try to change drive permissions does it say last time they were changed was (Wednesday, December 31 1969 at 7:00:00 PM) Any help with the main question would be appreciated. I also tried to change permissions for user, but that did not work, The drive was formatted on a win 98 system, so i dont think it is a ntfs. but if that was the problem why could i wright to it in root?
Thank you for your time
Old 02-17-2004, 09:18 PM   #2
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Hi dude, I'm by no stretch of the imaginiation a Linux expert but your problem sounded kind of familiar. In other flavours of Unix I've come across a similar problem which is caused by the following:

The mount point you're mounting to doesn't have the correct permissions.
Even though you've changed the directory permissions after you've mounted your filesystem the underlying mount point could possibly still have incorrect settings.

If you've let the OS mount your filesystems for you (probably set in /etc/fstab) just "umount /mnt/hdb1" and check that /mnt/hdb1 has the right settings.

Hope it helps!


Last edited by BernieG; 03-02-2004 at 12:30 AM.
Old 02-18-2004, 01:13 AM   #3
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you can try to use the umask option.
Old 02-18-2004, 06:43 PM   #4
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Thank you guys, Actually you were both right, the permissions were not set right, And i had umask=000 spelt unmask=000
Thanks again


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