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Old 08-31-2007, 06:19 PM   #1
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Shared FAT32 partition


I am running debian etch 2.6.18-5 on a thinkbook and I have it set to dualboot between debian and windows xp. To make things easier I added a 12 gig fat32 partition that is accessible to both OSs. For some reason when i am in debian I can only write files to this partition as root. How come I cant write to it using my regular user account? I have tried to chown -R all of the folders to the user but still it doesnt let me write new files.

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Windows' file-systems have no means to store Linux permissions
or ownerships .... read man mount and man fstab, namely the parts
about uid and umask.

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You need to mount with at least these options: defaults,umask=0000,uid=(user uid),gid=(user gid)
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change "defaults" to "auto,users,umask=000,rw" in fstab.
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Off-topic, but i solved this by putting all data on ext3 partitions, and then using the ext2fsd driver for Windows to allow me to read/write to those partitions. I almost never boot into Windows anymore, but--when I do--it works great.
Old 09-03-2007, 12:18 AM   #6
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thanks for the all the suggestions. trying ' auto,users,umask=000,rw ' ... next up: getting those darn nvidia drivers to work...


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