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    Default 'chown' on /windows/D

    Hi, I'm trying to change the owner of my /windows/D directory so I can move files over to my windows partition as a user (and not just root). However, I'm having some trouble:

    Code:
    kwikness@linux-ekqv:/windows/D> su
    Password:
    linux-ekqv:/windows/D # chown -R kwikness "_My Music"
    linux-ekqv:/windows/D # ls -l
    total 996
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users  49152 2009-02-05 21:54 _Docs
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users   4096 2009-02-19 20:34 Downloads
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users   8192 2009-01-04 15:36 _Homework
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users   4096 2009-01-17 10:40 _ICS Stuff
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users   4096 2009-02-05 21:55 Incomplete
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users      0 2008-12-19 19:27 msdownld.tmp
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users 847872 2009-02-11 15:56 _My Music
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users   4096 2009-01-31 09:24 My Music
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users  73728 2008-12-14 14:01 _My Pictures
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users   4096 2009-02-18 14:41 Program Files
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users      0 2009-01-23 11:03 $RECYCLE.BIN
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users   4096 2008-12-14 16:13 RECYCLER
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users   8192 2009-02-13 11:30 Rohan
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users      0 2009-02-06 10:38 _Solutions
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users   4096 2008-12-19 21:00 Star.Wars.Battlefront.II-RELOADED
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users   4096 2008-12-14 15:39 System Volume Information
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users      0 2008-11-10 16:02 Unreal
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users      0 2008-10-15 16:08 VS2005Pro
    linux-ekqv:/windows/D #
    It looks like the command completes successfully, but the owner does not change. Am I doing something wrong?

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    Default Re: 'chown' on /windows/D

    kwikness wrote:
    > Hi, I'm trying to change the owner of my */windows/D* directory so I can
    > move files over to my windows partition as a user (and not just root).
    > However, I'm having some trouble:

    [..]
    > It looks like the command completes successfully, but the owner does
    > not change. Am I doing something wrong?


    FAT has no such thing as file permissions

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    Default Re: 'chown' on /windows/D

    You need to edit
    /etc/fstab

    see this guide
    openSUSE: HowTo set disk access permissions for Fat32 (VFAT) on a desktop PC


    the line will be like this eg:

    /dev/sda?* /windows/D vfat users,gid=users,umask=0002,utf8=true 0 0

    reboot required
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    Default Re: 'chown' on /windows/D

    Hi,

    caf4926 wrote:
    > You need to edit
    > /etc/fstab
    >
    > see this guide
    > 'openSUSE: HowTo set disk access permissions for Fat32 (VFAT) on a
    > desktop PC' (http://www.swerdna.net.au/linhowtofat32.html)
    >
    >
    > the line will be like this eg:
    >
    > /dev/sda?* /windows/D vfat users,gid=users,umask=0002,utf8=true 0 0
    >
    > reboot required


    Incorrect. Just remount it.

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    Default Re: 'chown' on /windows/D

    That's if it is a vfat/fat32 partition. It might also be NTFS -- I can't spot where the filesystem is mentioned by kwikness.

    In any event, as caf4926 and LittleRedRooster intimated, the windowsy partitions don't have permissions in the Unix style. So the Linux mount commands make pseudo-permissions, temporary permissions, that bind the users to adhere to the patterns specified in the mount commands for the time the filesystem is mounted. Then when it's mounted somewhere else, like in windows, it reverts to it's original (world writeable) permissions.

    In these special cases chown and chmod don't work (IIRC).
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    Default Re: 'chown' on /windows/D

    I had a further think.
    FAT32 directories usually appear like this (if the user doesn't intervene):
    drwxrwxr-x 1 root users 49152 2009-02-05 21:54 _Docs
    and NTFS like this:
    drwxr-xr-x 1 root users 49152 2009-02-05 21:54 _Docs
    and the second one looks like a match.

    So kwikness, if NTFS, perhaps check this one for some background info:
    HowTo Mount NTFS Filesystem Partition Read Write Access in openSUSE 10, 11
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