Windows XP - Linux file systems - access rights to maps

I upgraded my Windows XP to openSuse 11.1 dual boot and I’m happy with Linux.

In Windows I have in Documents and settings the different maps for the family members, and as all users are password-protected, it is impossible e.g. for the children to look into each others’ directory.

Since I installed openSuse, I can see and access my Windows maps and files; everywhere the rights are root rights, but the different users can peek into each others’ directories with Nautilus.

I already tried in Nautilus to change the owner rights from root to e.g. John or Mary, but to no avail. In short I do not want that the children can access the other family members’ maps, unless of course they agree.

Did I miss something ?

Thanks for your answer,


The windows password protection system does not cross into Linux. The different directories are in a tree structure where the whole tree has the same permissions, top to bottom. So there is no differentiating the various branches. The Linux commands chown (change owner) and chmod (change access permissions) don’t work on NTFS. This incompatibility between Microsoft code and Linux code can’t be circumvented (AFAIK).

i dont think its possible but they cant edit them
i will check in KDE (i dont have GNOME!)>:)

update go in then change the permissions to owner can veiw and modify group forbiden and others forbidden then they cant even see your directories well they can but no access>:)

Dear sir,

I’d really like to do what you suggest, but unfortunately I don’t understand what you mean by your sentence.

I’d really appreciate if you could be so kind to put it in a language I can understand ?

Thank you very much,


Because the Linux and Windows permissions are incompatible, you are in an all-or-nothing situation. You can fine control access in Linux but, in relation to Windows from Linux, the options are:
read only

I cannot see a simple way in which you could prevent anyone who has access to one part of the Windows filesystem from having access to the rest.

OK, thank you for this clear answer.