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Old 12-28-2003, 08:52 PM   #1
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Unhappy strange vfat permission problem

hi all,

i'm running a dual boot system with winxp and slackware 9.1 at the moment and i use a fat32 partition to share data between the two. i also keep my download directory there so i can share my downloads between emule and xmule and everything was working just fine since yesterday when xmule went crazy and i tried to shutdown and reboot.

now when i boot to linux everything looks fine and i have full access to the fat partition but sometime after i start xmule it gives me some permission errors like "could not create backup of /mnt/share/emule/temp/something.part.met" and the partition appears like read-only.

in any case it looks like the permissions for the partition are changing somehow(?) as it is not a problem with xmule only. i can't make any changes on the partition until i reboot and i keep getting errors saying this is a read-only drive.

in /etc/fstab this partition is "/dev/hda2 /mnt/share vfat quiet,defaults,umask=000 0 0" and obviously loads fine but...

i hope this dosn't look too confusing . thanks in advance for any help.
Old 12-28-2003, 10:51 PM   #2
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Check kernel debug messages(dmesg), sometimes if the system detects an inconsistency on the partition it will be marked read only, as a precaution. If this is the case try doing a scandisk in windows or fsck.
Old 12-29-2003, 07:20 AM   #3
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Originally posted by Demonbane
...sometimes if the system detects an inconsistency on the partition it will be marked read only, as a precaution...
many thanks for the tip. this is new to me so i was a bit lost there. i'm still testing but everything looks back to normal for now. thanks again.


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