Can't change permissions of drive in Nemo or with chmod

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Can't change permissions of drive in Nemo or with chmod

Postby xereeto on Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:08 pm

Hi,

I just bought an external floppy drive to transfer to and from some old PCs. It works on Mint, but there's one major problem: only root can create/delete files on the floppy disk.

I figured it'd be easy to fix, so I tried

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gksu nemo


and attempted to set the disk permissions for "others" to "Create and delete files":

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But it changed itself back to "Access Files". So I thought, OK, I'll use the command line:

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xereeto@sirius:/media/xereeto$ sudo chmod +w /media/xereeto/disk
xereeto@sirius:/media/xereeto$ ls -l
total 7
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 7168 Jan 25 16:56 disk


... what?

So I'm wondering what causes this, and how I can write to this disk without root. Should I just

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sudo chown xereeto /media/xereeto/disk


or would that cause other problems?

Thanks,

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Re: Can't change permissions of drive in Nemo or with chmod

Postby xenopeek on Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:31 pm

What is the filesystem used on the storage device? If that isn't a native Linux filesystem, but something drafty from Windows, then this will not work. Also note that you can right-click a folder in Nemo and select to open it as root from there.
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Re: Can't change permissions of drive in Nemo or with chmod

Postby xereeto on Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:07 pm

Hi,

It's an msdos formatted floppy.

So what do I do now if I want to write as a normal user?

Thanks,

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