PeterHi wrote:I had same difficulty. In the end it was solved by replacing 'default' by 'user' in fstab.
" not "default
" and changing "defaults" to "user" wouldn't have done anything. The "user" option in the context of fstab and without the "noauto" option is irrelevant since the only user at the moment fstab is read at boot time is root. "user" doesn't relate to who can use it it relates to who can mount it. "defaults" contains the option "nouser" - this will make it so only root can mount the partition and this is how the UNIX gods intended it.
Trying to mount as root as default does caused a whole string of error messages from sudo mount -a.
This is the way ( with defaults ) partitions have been mounted in UNIX/Linux for 40+ years.
I suspect that being new (2 weeks old) to Linux I wanted to make my drives as much like a Mac as possible and had used chown peter:peter and chmod to 0740.
It's not really relevant in this case because group=user but you don't want to chmod a directory with an even value number ( the "4" ). It must always be odd because that makes the directory executable and for a directory that enables it to be opened ( or traversed if you want to be persnickety about it