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Old 08-26-2005, 02:23 PM   #1
jessj
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Can't access windows partitions


Hi All,

I recently had to reinstall my Suse 9.1. Personal. But now, when I log on, I can not see into my windows (ntfs) directories. Their icons do appear in the "MyComputer" thing of KDE, but as I am automatically logged on as an ordinary (not super) user, I cannot simply list these directories via the icons. (I can read them if I use a console as superuser, however.) How can I set the correct access permissions (it just looses any chmods on reboot)?

Thanks in hope,

Jess
 
Old 08-26-2005, 04:12 PM   #2
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as root open up your /etc/fstab file in an editor and look for the line for your windows partition

/dev/sda2 /mnt/windowsD vfat defaults,rw,user,umask=0000,uid=1000,gid=100 0 0
/dev/sda1 /mnt/windows ntfs user,ro 0 0

If its a fat32 partition you should see something like the first one, rw gives it read/write permission, the user makes it mountable by users, the umask=0000 makes it so that the default permissions are set so that everyone will have read/write/execute permmission, uid=1000 sets the primary users as any user with a uid of 1000 same goes for gid but for the group the last two zeros just tell the startup fsck sript how to handle this particular partition.


If your windows partition is NTFS formated your fstab entry should look line the second one, basicly all the options except user gets replaced with ro which makes the partition read only.
 
Old 08-26-2005, 08:43 PM   #3
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Hi there,

Thanks for the speedy reply. My windows parts of fstat are:

/dev/sda2 /windows/D vfat users,gid=users,umask=0002,iocharset=utf8 0 0
/dev/hdb1 /windows/E ntfs ro,user 0 0
/dev/sda1 /windows/C ntfs ro,user 0 0

I ought to admit that when I installed Suse, (and this is as much as I can remember) it suggested to me partitions of "windows/C", "windows/D" and "windows/E" (I can't remember in what order), and I changed them (via a temporary 'drive letter' (J) to "Windows/E", "Windows/D" and "Windows/C", respectively, because I wanted them to correspond with my Windows XP partition letter names. Then I read something and realised that "windows" had to be all in lower case, so I put that right. Then I again went into the partition program and added the "user" bits. Now I'm in the sate I mentioned in my first email, and as is shown in the fstat lines above. (The 'D' partition works fine, incidentally.)

So what do I do now. Should it have been "users" plural, I wonder?

Jess
 
Old 08-29-2005, 12:00 AM   #4
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An update. My mistake, Suse detected my XP partitions C, D & E as D, E & C, respectively. But now I've a bigger problem. I can't boot to Suse at all! So I'll start a new thread.

Thanks anyway,

JessJ
 
  


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