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Re: [opensuse] external HD problem
  • From: Vince Oliver <vince@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 10:24:02 +0100 (CET)
  • Message-id: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0701261023450.8416@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
hi Dominique,

Thanks for quick reply.

I am not an frequent-user of Linux and I am not sure how to check what is
a FS of the external hard. what commad to use to check it out?

with mount command I get:

/dev/hda3 on / type reiserfs (rw,acl,user_xattr)
proc on /proc type proc (rw)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,mode=0620,gid=5)
/dev/hda4 on /home type reiserfs (rw,acl,user_xattr)
/dev/hda1 on /windows/C type ntfs
/dev/sda5 on /media/EXTERNAL type subfs (rw)
usbfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw)
/dev/sda5 on /media/EXTERNAL type subfs (rw)
/dev/sda5 on /media/EXTERNAL type subfs (rw)

As far as I understand this is a result of trying to mounth with

mount -t subfs /dev/sda5 /media/EXTERNAL

3 times. All tree times it was accomplished successfully (but a bit
strangely because there was no message that the FS is already mounted
when doing it second and third time). And 'rw' in parantheses tells me
that the FS ir readable and writable. So why it does not work than?


On Fri, 26 Jan 2007, Dominique Leuenberger wrote:

On 26-01-2007 at 10:41, Vince Oliver <vince@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi all,

I have Suse10. Recently I bought external HD (USB2.0 EXTERNAL
for 3.5" IDE devices). After booting, this devices was mounted on
/media/EXTERNAL and I could go inside this directory and each
subdirectories. Trying to copy some files tu the HD I got this
"read-only". In the fstab file there was nothing abouth the new
so I put:

/dev/sda5 /media/EXTERNAL subfs defaults 0 0

but there is no change except the message now is "Permission denied
I checked, and there is a permission to read, writeand execute on
directory. I was doing all this as SU. I do not really know how to
this functionable.

Could somebody help me with this?

thanks in advance


What file system do you have on that external disc? Fat32, NTFS (that
would be read only in any case)
what is the output of 'mount' showing?
The line in fstab should not be needed anymore. As you mentioned, the
disc was also mounted without this line (which is correct).


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