Miscellaneous: Mounting fat paritions

(last edit: 2000-11-22) The examples used are taken from a FreeBSD 4.0 installation. The only difference with a FreeBSD 3.4 installation is the device driver. Using 'mount' You have to use the option '-t msdos' if you want to mount a fat partition, BUT this actualy executes the program '/sbin/mount_msdos' so I suggest you use it instead of mount. One of the advantages is that you can specify allot of options with mount_msdos. Using 'mount_msdos' Oke for the impatient ones, this is the command: root@host:/#mount_msdos -u nobody -g nogroup -m 777 /dev/ad2s1 /mnt/data/ This will mount the device 'ad2s1' to '/mnt/data', set the owner to 'nobody:nogroup' and the permissions of all the files to '777' man mount_msdos -u uid Set the owner of the files in the file system to uid. The default owner is the owner of the directory on which the file system is being mounted. -g gid Set the group of the files in the file system to gid. The default group is the group of the directory on which the file system is being mounted. -m mask Specify the maximum file permissions for files in the file system. (For example, a mask of 755 specifies that, by default, the owner should have read, write, and execute permissions for files, but others should only have read and execute permissions. See chmod(1) for more information about octal file modes.) Only the nine low-order bits of mask are used. The default mask is taken from the directory on which the file system is being mounted. Oke but what's the advantage above 'mount -t msdos /dev/ad2s1 /mnt/data'? Whell the latter command will indeed mount the device in '/mnt/data' but the owner will be 'root:root' and this user will be the only one with write access. I have three fat partitions in my FreeBSD machine (don't ask) so I've written this shell script: --- #!/bin/sh if /sbin/mount_msdos -u nobody -g nogroup -m 777 /dev/ad2s1 /mnt/data/ then echo "Data partition succesfully mounted" else echo "Data partition NOT succesfully mounted" fi if /sbin/mount_msdos -u nobody -g nogroup -m 777 /dev/ad2s3 /mnt/japware/ then echo "Japware partition succesfully mounted" else echo "Japware partition NOT succesfully mounted" fi if /sbin/mount_msdos -u nobody -g nogroup -m 777 /dev/ad2s5 /mnt/biggie/ then echo "Biggie partition succesfully mounted" else echo "Biggie partition NOT succesfully mounted" fi ---

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