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Old 06-03-2005, 07:20 AM   #1
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Permissions on second hdd

Hi All
After having a look at a lot of the questions listed here this question seems quite silly so please be gentle.
I managed to get mandrake 10.1 installed without a problem and managed to get it to detect my second hard drive. My problem lies in the permissions to use that second harddrive.

I have two Fat32 partitions for my storage of my files and they are mounted in the /home/backupdr1 and /home/backupdr2 respectively. In my fstab I have put the lines
/dev/hdb5 /home/backupdr1 vfat defaults 1 1
/dev/hdb6 /home/backupdr1 vfat defaults 1 1

I can access the hard drives but only under root.
I have tried to change the ownership of the /home/backupdr1 whilst the device is mounted and it wont let me do so. I have tried to change the ownership of the directory whilst not mounted and it simply changes it back to root when it mounts. It also changes the timestamp on the directory to Jan 1 1970 (dont know if relevant).

after reading around i changed it to the following
/dev/hdb5 /home/harddrive170M vfat auto,user,exec,rw 0 0
and still the same problem occurred, i can get in root but not any other user.
Can anyone help me get it so I can change this.

Last edited by devilsaltarboy; 06-03-2005 at 09:13 AM.
Old 06-03-2005, 09:11 AM   #2
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/dev/hdb5 /home/backupdr1 vfat umask=0 1 1
/dev/hdb6 /home/backupdr1 vfat umask=0 1 1
Old 06-03-2005, 09:35 AM   #3
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The default permission is 755, to change this use the "umask" option.
You could try something like this:
/dev/hdb5 /home/harddrive170M vfat defaults,umask=000 0 0
See also "man mount". For a more secure setup, check this out or this.
Hope that helps.

Last edited by JunctaJuvant; 06-03-2005 at 09:38 AM.


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