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Old 02-11-2003, 12:57 AM   #1
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Question using drives as a user, not root

Hello every one again,

Wow two post from me in 24 hours. I have pretty much got my computer setup with slackware 8.1 not including the new nvidia drivers for my video card. (what a pain). Now im trying to figure out how to get away from root and start using my computer as a user. What I gather is it is much safer to log in as a user than root. I have made a user and can log in with no problems. I even have X up and running through my user account. But when I try to mount a cd to play music or try to mount my zip drive to save some files I can not do it. I have tried changing the permissions on the /dev/hdc (cdrom drive) to 666 and even 777 using chmod under root. I have change the /mnt/cdrom mode to 666 or 777. No luck doing it that way. What am I missing? Is there a eaiser way to do this without changing every folder for standerd user needs. Thanks for you help everyone.
Old 02-11-2003, 02:02 AM   #2
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You need to change your fstab to include the 'user' option. For example assuming your CD-ROM is /dev/cdrom, your Floppy drive is /dev/fd0 and your Zip drive is /dev/hdc then you would want something like the following in fstab
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom  iso9660 noauto,user,ro   0   0
/dev/fd0   /mnt/floppy auto    noauto,user      0   0
/dev/hdc   /mnt/zip    auto    noauto,user      0    0
Check out the manpage for mount for more options. Your normal user could then issue
mount /mnt/zip
to mount the Zip drive (for example).




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