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Cannot write to NTFS USB device!
For reasons I won't go into, it was decided that the USB device should be formatted with NTFS so that it can be transported physically to a Windows machine where the files can be transferred directly if needed.
I know the device can be written to. If I mount the USB device "by hand" and change its permissions and ownership, I can read and write with it all day long.
I have tried a zillion different fstab configurations I've found on the net and none will allow me to do what I used to could do when the device was formatted with Reiser. I need to do this:
1. Have the device mounted during boot so a regular user can read and write to it.
Here is my present /etc/fstab that also doesn't allow read - write access to the external USB device formatted with NTFS...
# <file system> <dir> <type> <options> <dump> <pass> /dev/sda1 / reiserfs relatime 0 0 /dev/sr0 /cdrom iso9660 ro,user,noauto,unhide 0 0 /dev/sr0 /dvd udf ro,user,noauto,unhide 0 0 /dev/sdb1 /mnt/sdb1 ntfs-3g defaults,user,rw 1 0 devpts /dev/pts devpts defaults 0 0 none /sys sysfs defaults 0 0 none /proc proc defaults 0 0 tmp /tmp tmpfs defaults 0 0 #shm /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0 usb /proc/bus/usb usbfs defaults 0 0 # End of file
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I don't know if this applies to Crux Dan, so bear with my ignorance.
On my Icewm I run ROX File Manager and PCManFM. To be able to mount USB drives from file managers, (either one of them) and like I said, bear with me.
I uninstalled ivman and installed halevt module/deamon through terminal. To be on the safe side I edited Icewm and Fluxbox startup file and includedhalevt &
It works slicker than snot mounting drives through my file managers.
halevt, HAL events handler homepage
I realize this post doesn't have much to do with auto write privilidges(though I can transfer files just fine), but I thought I would throw it out there in case you wanted to know about it. I was also wondering why they wanted a ntfs file system when fat 32 would do just fine for a usb drive.I refuse to let fear and fear of others rule my life. It puts my humanity at risk.
Accepting Death is the only way to stay alive.
From what I've been able to determine, the regular mount command is not able to mount ntfs partitions or devices formatted with it in read-write. If ntfs-3g is installed, you can mount the drives as read-write with that instead. That has been my experience anyway. Does that help?
Thanks Dan, that helps.
But I had success with just 'ntfs' entry in my /etc/fstab, long time back. If I remember correctly I even had edited boot.ini from windows so as to load linux from windows bootloader. Both (the editing and consequent booting from windows loader) had worked.
Anyway I don't have windows in my home computer/laptop anymore (I'm 100% on linux at home ). Will try in office later.