I have just installed OpenSuse 12.2 on a new hard drive.
It has two NTFS partitions on it that I want access to from from OpenSuse.
At the moment I can read from the partitions but cant write to them.
The current fstab looks similar to my old one.
Thanks for that guys, I’ll try that when I get home from work.
hcvv, how do I do that?
Is there a site with details on what each part of fstab does? I’m sure many years ago I found a description, but I haven’t been able to find.
Please, when you are managing a Linux system, do try to read something about ownership by user and group and the access-bits of files. Very crucial to your understanding.
As you have it now, everybody that has access to your system (can login, to put it short) can read write and search in those directories. That might be OK, but it is not us that have to decide if it is realy OK. It could e.g. be that only one particular user must have access. In that case it would be better to make that user (and his/her group) owner of the directories. And that user can then themselve see what read/write/execute access he/she want to grant to themselve his/her fellow group members and the other users. But again, you design the policy, not we. We can only tell you how to get organised what you want to do (when you doubt yourself on the implementation of the policy).
That is true, the ‘defaults’ settings was merely a suggestion that would remove the write limitations. I only use that since I have one ‘public’ partition used as a library for music, movies, etc. Permissions is indeed a very important part of linux systems, I should have been a bit more careful with my reply.
However, in the case of a windows installation partition, what would you suggest ? Giving permissions to a new group, something like ‘windows-admins’ ?
I have a single user system that myself and my wife uses. As you can can see I have windows installed (for itunes and other software that I use every now and then). Maybe I should set up a guest user account for others. I have the “Shared” partition to share music and other files between the two operating systems.
I had a look at the man pages, but to be honest, I struggle to understand them (its sad,… I know).
For me to learn this I need to have time to sit down and fiddle with it. That was fine when I was single and Linux was not my main operating system. But now I am married with kids, Opensuse is my operating system and I need to have a stable working computer (the reason I left windows in the first place)
I can be a bit slow sometimes. Please be patient with me
Thanks again for your help.
From a Unix/Linux point of view that is completely wrong. Not as bad as use user root for the wrong things, but almost. Unix/Linux are multi user operating systems. Every user has her/his own settings, mail, secrets, preferences. When your wife wants to use Gnome, while you are a KDE fan, or you want football shortcuts on your desktop and your wife cooking web-sites, how do you cope? That is one of the silly things of Windows, that it it makes your sysem to a truly Personal Computer (stress on Personal).
And when you want to share things (like music) there is the group allowances for doing that. And symbolic links to make it easy to use them from a convenient place in a users home directory.
@billypap, your initial solution was good enough imho. But when @asarge then asked us if his setup was OK, then then my answer was: “OK for what?” It solved his original problem, but in a way like: “I can not get my car through the gate, it is closed”. Answer: "“Remove the gate”. It works. but it is up the owner of the piece of land, if this is the correct solution or if providing a key to somebody is better. rotfl!
And yes, the fact that this is about a windows file system on an also Windows bootable sytem, makes all security considarations futile.
I tried a couple of years ago setting up an account for my wife, but she just kept logging into mine. We use a lot of the same files and I didn’t know that we are able to share them. I have more learning to do.
Are there any simplified man pages online with pictures/diagrams and examples? Lol it they were written like hcvv’s last post I would understand them better.
Both of the partitions are being treated as directories
shows to me that you do not realy know what “mounting” a file system is (you do not mount a partition, you mount the file system). And those directories are not “treated as” directories, they are directories. They are created as such, no special treatment. And you can mount a file system on every directory you have.
Thus for example, as a file system contains a lot of music MP3 files owned by user musiclover, you could mount it at /home/musiclover/music. And he/she will “see” these music files from there further in the directory tree, like /home/musiclover/music/Shubert/Unvollendete.mp3. Or from his/her own view, down from his/her Home directory: music/Schubert/Unvollendete.
Now I need to give myself permission to read, write & execute from these file systems. Well, I probably don’t need to execute.
Is this able to be done through YaST User and group management? (looking for the easy way out)
Looking at what I changed between not having permission and everyone having permission, all that was removed was
I haven’t been able to find anything useful on this yet.
I think that using th parameter defaults instead of all you have may help.
And please show your fstab entry completely everytime you want to say something about it. Else we have to search back to all of the thread and hope that you still have what we find and do not i=overlook some piece of your story.