[wplug] /home fs permissions?

T Quine quining at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 30 17:16:07 EST 2001

Since vfat doesn't really know anything about unix permissions, you can't do 
things like chown with files on that filesystem.  You could mount it with 
the mount option "uid=<UID of juan2>" (insert the correct UID, the number 
corresponding to your userid in /etc/passwd).

I think that it'd probably be better if you had a unix-like filesystem for 
your home directory, and have the windows partition mounted elsewhere, like 
/windows or /mnt/windows, or even /home/juan2/windows.  You could still 
access the files, and it wouldn't break things.


>From: Juan Zuluaga <jz31416 at yahoo.com>
>Reply-To: wplug at wplug.org
>To: wplug at wplug.org
>Subject: [wplug] /home fs permissions?
>Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 10:04:03 -0800 (PST)
>sorry for the basic question,
>I have this problem,
>as juan2 user (or under any other user name), I have
>no write permissions in my /home/juan2 directory.
>$ls -la /home
>drwxr-xr-x   7 root    root   16384   Dec 31  1969 ./
>drwxr-xr-x  19 root    root    4096   Nov 30 01:17 ../
>drwxr-xr-x   2 root    root    8192   Nov 15 20:32
>drwxr-xr-x   3 root    root    8192   Nov 29 23:01
>drwxr-xr-x   2 root    root    8192   Nov 30 01:11
>Even as root I can not change ownership or group of
>those directories.
>root at drakstar:/home/juan2# chown juan2 xpm1.tgz
>chown: xpm1.tgz: Operation not permitted
>My /home directory is located in a vfat partition,
>since I want to easily use those files with Windows95
>applications running in the same computer.
>$ cat /etc/fstab
>/dev/hda8   /home   vfat   defaults  1   0
>I would assume that "defaults" in the options filed
>gives me read-and-write permissions. I guess that if I
>were the only user, I could specify the corresponding
>values for uid, gid and mode in the options field in
>Is there a general solution, for allowing rw
>permissions in a vfat /home  ?
>(my computer is running Slackware 7.1;
>my hda hardrive is a 8 gig Western Digital that can
>not be recognized by the mb bios, and needs EZ-drive
>to be booted;
>I use loadlin to boot Linux)

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