trying to suppress my anger!
Can anyone explain to me why Konquerer, chmod, and chown cannot change drive permissions even though they clearly boast to be able to do so? And also, why the defaults in Linux are set up so that a non-root user cannot connect a new drive to the machine and begin writing to it?
I have spent months of my free time trying to simply give myself read/write/execute permissions on an external drive. I’ve gone on multiple forums and have done hours of research. Why does Linux make this so ridiculously IMPOSSIBLE!!?? Shouldn’t an individual who buys a new external drive be able to use it? I mean c’mon. The defaults in Linux are ridiculous. You have to jump through hoops to change permissions of a new drive before you can even write to it. What is a drive for if you can’t write to it?!
First, I was told that the reason I couldn’t read/write/execute, or even modify the permissions was because it was formatted to NTFS, so I reformatted it to FAT. That didn’t do anything. Same thing: non-root users cant write to the drive and it was still impossible to change permissions even After hours of trying chmod and chown (not to mention attempts with the Konqueror GUI). The only way to USE the drive was to be LOGGED IN as ROOT, and we all know that’s a bad idea.
So I formatted it to ext3, thinking that a native format would sit better with my version of OpenSuSe 10.3. Nope. The default permissions are still the same and it is still impossible to change the permissions.
It baffles me that chmod and chown don’t work at all (“permission denied”) even in Super User mode, and that the pretty little window in Konqueror that has the nice little dropdown menus, allowing one to change the permissions to a drive, does nothing at all. Just a host of error messages.
I have changed distros - UBUNTU to DEBIAN to OPENSUSE hoping that one of these would be more friendly to the external drive. No luck.
My computer whiz - slackware raised - Brother in Law has been killing himself trying to help me out to no avail.
Anyone want to take a crack at this?
I’d really appreciate it.