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    Default Only root can mount /dev/sdb1...

    The other day, I tried to put openSUSE on a USB stick. In the process, I had to write:

    mount /dev/sdb1 /media/usb

    as root. The problem now is that everytime I try to mount it using my normal account, I get the error:

    mount: only root can mount /dev/sdb1 on /media/usb

    What Can I do to fix the permissions?
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    Default Re: Only root can mount /dev/sdb1...

    Is there a problem typing the sudo prefix before your mount command?

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    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Bangalore, India

    Default Re: Only root can mount /dev/sdb1...

    If you dont want to use sudo before the command then edit the 4th column in /etc/fstab to include "user". After that any user can mount the USB stick.

    usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto,user 0 0

    Or if you want only a particular user to have mount and un-mount permissions then edit /etc/fstab to look like

    usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto.uid=<UID_USER> 0 0
    where UID_USER is the UID of the particular user.

    - Thejaswi Raya

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