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Allen T 02-16-2003 07:31 PM

Why I can only write in mounted windows partition in "su" mode
Hi, just wonder whether anyone has encountered this kind of problem. After I mounted my windows partitions in linux, I can only write to them after I change to root. Is there a way to write to them in normal user mode?

And how do we add PERMANENT icons on the desktop for windows partitions. I tried to create them in .gnome directory. But they will disappear when I log out.

Also, in rh 8.0, in which file should we add commands so that these applications can be started automatically?

Thanks for your valuable inputs.


Palin 02-16-2003 08:09 PM

I believe the reason for needing to be root is to keep you from accidentily wrecking your windows partition. You can read up on the mount options to fix this i believe.

boonders 02-16-2003 10:08 PM

Actually, i'm pretty sure it has to do with your /etc/fstab settings, if you set it up for root only, then of course...but, i'm I'm sure you can turn this off. I used to have vfat partitions when I dual booted XP & linux, of course, we all ev entually ditch FAT when we go all out with linux, but until then, you still have this problem...if anywhere you are going to be able to fix this problem, it is in how it is mounted, also, maybe try a "chown" on the directory...might work...not really sure

Helper_Monkey 02-16-2003 10:49 PM

You cannot change permissions on a Windows partition since vfat/fat32 does not support the Linux permissions.

Add umask etc. to your /etc/fstab


/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows vfat rw,auto,user,umask=0 0 0

Allen T 02-17-2003 11:51 PM


Thank you very much for your suggestion, it works like a charm!!

For other helpful guys who gave suggestions, I appreciate your help too.


nakkaya 02-18-2003 01:10 AM

to put a icon to your desktop locate the application and click it and select make link or something like that i am not using gnome so i am not sure drag and drop it to your desktop as in windows

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