USB device permissions... again

Bill Marcum bmarcum at
Sun Nov 19 07:01:20 UTC 2006

On Tue, 14 Nov 2006 15:21:36 +0000, Gabriel Dragffy 
  <dragffy at> wrote:
> I have an external hard drive formatted with FAT32, when connected (and
> a user belonging to the plugdev group is logged in) then it get's
> auto-mounted and gets the permissions 700 for whoever plugged it in.
> Is there a simple way of adjusting what permissions this particular
> device gets mounted with?
The vfat file system does not have owners and permissions for each file, so 
they are set when the file system is mounted. Use the umask option in fstab.

> Furthermore I decided I wanted to change the format to ReiserFS, I wiped
> all paritions and created a single one and formatted it with Reiser 3.
> When mounted this device could only be accessed by root, even though
> other users were in the plugdev group. I reformatted and recreated the
> partitions and no change. It seems like a completely pointless system of
> mounting it so only root can access it. What's the deal?
> A way to change that behaviour would also be appreciated.
Mount the drive, chown and chmod the directories.

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