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Old 05-22-2005, 11:43 PM   #1
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Unhappy fstab troubles

I recently installed Mepis 3.3.1 and have been having troubles setting up permissions on my hard drive partitions. Here's my fstab...

# Static entries below, do not use 'users' option in this area
/dev/hdc1 / reiserfs defaults,noatime,notail 0 0
/dev/hdc2 swap swap sw,pri=1 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /proc/bus/usb usbfs devmode=0666 0 0
none /dev/pts devpts mode=0622 0 0
none /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hdc5 /home reiserfs defaults,noatime,notail 0 0
/dev/hdc6 /mnt/hdc6 reiserfs noauto,user,rw,exec,noatime,notail 0 0
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom udf,iso9660 noauto,users,dev,ro 0 0

Ideally I would like any user to be able to mount /dev/hdc6 as rw, but I've fiddled with fstab for a while and haven't been able to write to hdc6 from a normal account. Is something amis in my fstab? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Old 05-23-2005, 12:02 AM   #2
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Yep - you need to make sure that 'normal users' are in a group that allows writing to /mnt/hdc6.

The 'easiest' way to do this would be to make the permissions on this directory as drwxrwxrwx - so as root run 'chmod 777 /mnt/hdc6' and now everyone will be able to write to that directory.

Old 05-23-2005, 12:41 AM   #3
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actually your fstab entry is wrong, its users not user
Old 05-23-2005, 09:20 PM   #4
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No, actually "user" is just fine. I've been using it in my fstab for years.

From the Unix man pages:

Common for all types of file system are the options ``noauto'' (do not mount when "mount -a" is given, e.g., at boot time), ``user'' (allow a user to mount), and ``owner'' (allow
device owner to mount), and ``_netdev'' (device requires network to be
available). The ``owner'' and ``_netdev'' options are Linux-specific.
For more details, see mount(8).

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