[nSLUG] fstab

Andrew MacPherson andrew.macp at gmail.com
Tue Dec 23 11:28:33 AST 2008

The 'user' and 'users' options only make it so that a non-root user is
able to mount and unmount that particular drive, not that they will
necessarily have access to it.

What you probably want is this:

/dev/sda1    /media/USB-HDD    vfat
rw,auto,user,exec,gid=users,umask=002    0    0

That will make is so that the drive is mounted with 775 permissions
and with the group set to 'users'. Naturally your guy has to be part
of the 'users' group as well.

Hope that helps.


On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 11:08 AM, Doooh Head <doooh_head at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I have a second drive in my computer running under the latest Ubuntu
> (8.10).  I've figured out how to add that drive to the fstab file so that
> everytime I reboot, that drive is automatically mounted.
> The problem I am having is making the contents of that drive fully available
> to whatever user logs in.  Regardless of the user, I want that user to have
> full access (read/write/exec/etc) to that second drive/volume.  What
> parameters do I specify for it?  Currently I am using:
> /dev/sda1    /media/USB-HDD    vfat    rw,auto,user,exec    0    0
> With these parameters, when I check the permissions of a folder contained on
> that drive (through Nautilus) it says that it is owned by root and that the
> current user has no permissions.  I tried this:
> /dev/sda1    /media/USB-HDD    vfat    rw,auto,users,exec    0    0
> I thought I read that specifying "users" in the options, puts the drive into
> the users group which should mean I have read/write access, right?  This
> didn't work.
> Any ideas on how to make this drive/volume fully available to any user that
> is logged in?
> Doooh
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