Accessing windows partitions (again)
I have tried to get an answer to this before and I have read many of the previous posts/answers on this subject.
Okay here goes:
I have just installed Mandrake 10.1 on my winxp home/ win xp pro sp1a( and now mdk) box. The reason I have done this is to run a network fileserver/apache-mysql-php server at home, this is all part of my studies in web administration.
I have many partitions under windows, the filesystem is fat32
(very few people I know who have upgraded their system to run Xp in whatever form, will use ntfs, so the constant references to ntfs are a sidetrack which misses the point, sorry but just about every reply mentions it ) :D
I have modified the entries in fstab and added the "users" key in all my partition entries. the file now reads:
/dev/hda1 /mnt/windows ntfs umask=0,user,noauto,ro,exec,users 0 0
I have found a line which is similar, but not quite, this is the contents of fstab:
/dev/hdb8 / ext2 defaults 1 1
/dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom auto user,iocharset=iso8859-15,codepage=850,noauto,ro,exec,users 0 0
/dev/hdd /mnt/cdrom2 auto user,iocharset=iso8859-15,codepage=850,noauto,ro,exec,users 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto user,iocharset=iso8859-15,sync,codepage=850,noauto,exec,users 0 0
/dev/hda1 /mnt/win_c vfat iocharset=iso8859-15,codepage=850,users 0 0
/dev/hdb5 /mnt/win_c2 vfat iocharset=iso8859-15,codepage=850,users 0 0
/dev/hda5 /mnt/win_d vfat iocharset=iso8859-15,codepage=850,users 0 0
/dev/hdb6 /mnt/win_d2 vfat iocharset=iso8859-15,codepage=850,users 0 0
/dev/hda6 /mnt/win_e vfat iocharset=iso8859-15,codepage=850,users 0 0
/dev/hdb7 /mnt/win_e2 vfat iocharset=iso8859-15,codepage=850,users 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hdb9 /usr ext2 defaults 1 2
/dev/hdb2 swap swap defaults 0 0
bold entries are my additions.
Okay I though I had a result when the icons for these partitions appeared on my desktop, however when I click on any of these icons it opens a window and tells me I do not have enough access to the folder and will not let me see anything inside.
I have checked the settings in the shares folder in xp computer management, and there are many shares for admin purposes, also all the shares I have set up for the other networked boxes in the house.
All the permissions are set for everyone in XP pro and they have full access.
I would ideally like to have full read write and execute permissions as a user on these folders, but initially this was mainly to be able to play my mp3s while I work.
I also have an apache-mysql-php server which runs on XPpro within the windows partitions, i still want access to all the apache served stuff while I am in both windows and mandrake, so when the apache server is up and running on either OS I will not need to duplicate directories.
Mandrake is installed waaaaay at the back of all the partitions on ext2 filesystem.
I do not want to have to install or run any further software as seems to have been suggested elsewhere. I will edit configurations to enable whatever I need to do, isn't that the point of a Unix based system, configurability?
I have tried many times in the past to use mandrake but the lack of hardware support has always stopped me, now everything onboard seems to be up and running even the tvtuner.
Could someone please confirm or otherwise whether the above entries should give me access as a user.
Is this a problem with XP somehow retaining ownership of these files?
I have tried to change the ownership of these partitions as root but still access is denied.
I would also like to find a basic guide to the syntax used in these config type files so I am not just blindly following (possibly erroneous) suggested editions.
If I sound a little bit frustrated it is probably because I am on the 4th day of trying to do this and quite frankly I am about to give up. I really really want to run linux though as I am totally disillusioned with the Microshaft stuff.
I thank you all in advance I do realise most people posting replies here are working from personal experience and may have little familiarity with the dreaded MS OS. :wink: