Why is mounting a USB disk in a usable manner so difficult?

Johnny Rosenberg gurus.knugum at gmail.com
Mon Dec 16 19:25:11 UTC 2013

2013/12/16 J <dreadpiratejeff at gmail.com>

> I have a brand new 2TB USB3 external HDD.  It came from the factory
> formatted in NTFS, naturally.
> I also have a system running Saucy.
> I plug my brand new 2TB NTFS formatted external USB3 HDD into my
> system running Saucy and the drive is mounted to my user mount dir
> with 0700 permissions:
> drwx------ 1 bladernr bladernr 4096 Dec 16 12:47 Alexandria
> and anything created inside that drive is given 0600 permissions:
> -rw------- 1 bladernr bladernr 179 Dec 16 12:47 update-library
> and it is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to create an executable script on that
> disk.  Utterly impossible.  Even after trying to remount with the
> right fmask, umask and dmask.  Even after trying to remount with exec
> set.
> So I gave up on NTFS and formatted the drive in ext4.  After
> re-formatting in ext4, I plugged the 2TB external USB3 HDD into my
> Saucy machine.
> NOW, Saucy chooses to mount the drive in my users mount point,
> /media/username/drivename
> WITH ROOT ownership.
> /dev/sdb1 on /media/bladernr/Alexandria type ext4
> (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks2)
> bladernr at klaatu:/media/bladernr$ ll
> total 4
> drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Dec 16 13:21 Alexandria
> Which makes it impossible toe ven create files on my USB HDD now.
> so two questions:
> How the heck do I fix this so that my external hard drives are mounted
> in a way that I can actually use them?
> Why do we make it so bloody difficult to actually plug a drive in and use
> it?

I don't know why that happens, it doesn't happen to me. I just plug mine in
and it's ready to be used.
Anyway, can't you just change the owner with ”sudo chown bladernr:bladernr

Johnny Rosenberg

> Cheers,
> Jeff
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