[NCLUG] Disk usage

Kerry Miller n0wiq at comcast.net
Sat Oct 12 15:05:47 MDT 2013

Hi Bob, and group,

My question is really meant to be:  Is there an entry to put into fstab 
to make the mounted volume write- able by the user.  I know I can log in 
as root and use chown -R user:group folder the volume is mounted under. 
But this seems like a chore that shouldn't be necessary.

Kerry N0WIQ
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On 10/12/2013 02:41 PM, Bob Proulx wrote:
> Hi Kerry,
> Kerry Miller wrote:
>> I use disk partitions to segregate data on my hard disk.
> Sure.  Everyone does.  Even if that is just one single partition. :-)
>> I use /etc/fstab to auto mount the file structures on these
>> partitions into various folders.
> That is standard too.  All good.  Same as everyone.
>> My question is: Is there an entry to put selected users into fstab?
> The purpose of the /etc/fstab is to mount file systems.  So your
> question about users leaves me with many questions about what you mean
> there.  Please say more about what you are asking.  What do you mean
> by putting users into the fstab?  The fstab isn't for users.  The
> fstab is the file system table for listing file systems.
> When mounting FAT file systems which are non-Unix and do not have a
> concept of users it is possible to mount them using specific uids and
> gids.  Typically USB storage is allowed to be mounted by non-root
> users and then the uid defaults to the uid of the user doing the
> mounting.  That usually works well.  But you can force a particular
> uid/gid if desired.
> Or are you asking if it is possible to allow non-root users to mount
> various file systems that are not automatically mounted at boot time?
> Bob
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