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

Florian Diesch diesch at spamfence.net
Tue Dec 17 05:26:49 UTC 2013

Am Mon, 16 Dec 2013 20:25:11 +0100
schrieb Johnny Rosenberg <gurus.knugum at gmail.com>:

> 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.

If a file system supports unix style file permission (like ext4) they
are used as if you mount the disk and you can change them by using chmod
and chown but not by mount options.

If a file system doesn't support unix style file permission (like NTFS)
permissions are emulated and you can change them by mount options but
not by using chmod and chown.

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