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Dual Boot - Vista/Ubuntu 6.10: fat32 permissions problem

Posted on 2006-11-27
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I can mount the drive, I now have it in my fstab, but i cannot change permissions. As root I can create new files and delete files. but I cannot chmod or chown anything (as root - or anyone else). Whats up with that? My guess is there is something vital I dont know...
HELP!! lol
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by:sanjooz
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how does your fstab looks like? what drive? how you mount it? whats the file system on this drive? I am guessing you are mounting fat32. In that case, i think you won't be able to chmod or chown.
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i am mounting vfat   (which is fat32 - yes?)
it it just the way of things that vfat/fat32 mounts cant change owners or permissions?

in that case whats a good way to mount as someone other than root?
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Well you can not change permission or ownership of files on vfat file system is because of the limitations of those file systems. You can do that only on *nix file systems (e.g. ext2, ext3 etc). vfat [fat32] is windows file systems.

The good way to mount, depends on what you want to do. Do you want normal users to read and write to this partition? Then you can mount as read/write. You can also make it as user mountable. Here is how.

/dev/hdxx       /mnt/win      vfat    rw,user,noauto

you can use other switches as well. Check "man mount"
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