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Old 12-16-2006, 09:51 AM   #1
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Read privledges for Windows drive

I have Windows XP installed on one hard drive and slackware installed on another. From root, I am able to read the contents of the Windows drive in linux. I defaulted to listing it as /fat-c.

But when I try to view it from a user account, I'm told only the owner can view the drive. I can not figure out how to view the Windows partition from a normal user. When I tried to change the properties of the /fat-c folder, I got a message saying the properties could not be changed.

Does anyone understand my problem and have a way to fix this so users can read the Windows drive? I know it is possible because I had no problem with this using Fedora4 with the exact same hardware. Thank you in advance for any help.
Old 12-16-2006, 10:23 AM   #2
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Try from the root account:

cd /fat-c
chown username .

I am not sure it works, it is just a guess.

Last edited by elvijs; 12-16-2006 at 10:27 AM.
Old 12-16-2006, 10:34 AM   #3
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try "mount /dev/hdxx /tmp/yyyy -o defaults"

x represents the appropriate drive
y represents the mount point
Old 12-16-2006, 11:23 AM   #4
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I believe you cannot run the 'chown' command on a windows partition, since POSIX permissions/ownership are not supported by the filesystem.

The way I do it is to mount is with the uid= & gid= option.
/dev/hda1        /mnt/windows         vfat        defaults,uid=1000 0   0
or you could do
/dev/hda1        /mnt/windows         vfat        defaults,gid=100 0   0
That would mount it so users in group 100 could use it - it's up to you.
Old 12-16-2006, 11:37 AM   #5
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thank you for the replies. i will try the above when i get home. i do recall messing around with fstab in fedora to get my windows drive readable. i'll let you know how it goes.


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