Are file permissions in files on external devices silly?

System User zpowers at
Fri Nov 21 16:21:44 UTC 2008

This is a user support issue. Ubuntu already has a user group for 
accessing removeable devices. Clearly his brother is not a member of this 
group. Add him to it.

Next time you he should email ubuntu-users for support, not the developer 

On Fri, 21 Nov 2008, Remco wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 4:40 PM, Aaron Toponce <atoponce at> wrote:
>> What your brother doesn't realize, is that when you take files from
>> system to system, OS to OS, you're going to encounter these headaches.
>> It's just the way these things go.
> It doesn't have to. Ubuntu knows which devices are removable. Having
> user and group ids enforced on them is silly, because these devices
> are supposed to be switched between machines, which means that any
> machine with root access can break this "security" feature.
> It can be solved by simply not enforcing user and group ids on
> removable devices.
> Remco
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