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Re: [SLE] mount: only root can mount /dev/hdd on /media/dvdrecorder
  • From: "Hylton Conacher(ZR1HPC)" <hylton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 11:48:21 +0200
  • Message-id: <44B22265.5010500@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Hi Steve,

steve wrote:
Here is my line from /etc/fstab

/dev/hdd /media/dvdrecorder subfs noauto,fs=cdfss,ro,procuid,nosuid,nodev,exec,iocharset=utf8 0 0

How can I make it so that users can access the dvd drive?
Just been reading the fine manual entries of man fstab and man mount pages and saw a possible glitch.

The 'noauto' option makes the device not be mounted at boot. At boot time only root can mount devices, yet later you are asking a non privileged user to mount the device.

Perhaps the user should have root persmissions to access the device?

Quoted from mount:
(iii) Normally, only the superuser can mount file systems. However, when fstab contains the user option on a line, then anybody can mount
the corresponding system.

Thus, given a line
/dev/cdrom /cd iso9660 ro,user,noauto,unhide
Any user can mount the iso9660 file system found on his CDROM.

Check the ORDER of the options ie user is before noauto.

To me this would make a difference as 'noauto' first would mean only root can mount the device however with 'user' first the user would be given preferential treatment over root?

Hope it helps

Currently using SuSE 9.2 Professional with KDE and Mozilla 1.7.2
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