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[openFate 305075] Allow to set the owner of a partition
  • From: fate_noreply@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 14:51:15 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <feature-305075-9@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Feature changed by: Stanislav Visnovsky <visnov@xxxxxxxxxx>
Feature #305075, revision 9
Title: Allow to set the owner of a partition

openSUSE-11.1: Evaluation
Requester: Desirable

- SLED-11: Evaluation
+ openSUSE-11.2: New
Requester: Desirable

+ SLED-11: Rejected by Stanislav Visnovsky <visnov@xxxxxxxxxx>
+ reject date: 2008-08-12 14:50:35
+ reject reason: Postponing.
+ Priority
+ Requester: Desirable

+ SLED-11-SP1: New
+ Priority
+ Requester: Desirable

SLES-11: Rejected by Matthias Eckermann <mge@xxxxxxxxxx>
reject date: 2008-08-01 02:40:00
reject reason: No priority for SLES. But this is be different for
openSUSE and SLED.
Requester: Desirable

Requested by: Sven Burmeister <sven.burmeister@xxxxxxx>
Partner organization:

If a user buys a new external harddrive and partitions it via YaST he
will not be able to write on it, since the filesystem is owned by root.
A normal user would need to know about how to use konsole and which
command to use in order to change the owner.
It would be a lot easier, if the user could change the owner within the
partitioning module. Of course this should not be possible for system-
partitions such as / and /usr etc, yet /windows and /media, as well as
/home/xyz/ should be fine.

#1: Arvin Schnell <aschnell@xxxxxxxxxx> (2008-07-15 08:32:00)
Do you want to set gui and uid in /etc/fstab?

#2: Sven Burmeister <sven.burmeister@xxxxxxx> (2008-07-15 08:56:26)
I'm not sure which is the best approach. Either the user could do
something that replaces "chown user:group ." on the new partition or
some predefined gui/uid to select from, because the normal user has no
idea about those and the numbers that go with them.
The goal is that a user that knows the root password can not only
partition a new harddrive via GUI but also make it accessible (rw) to
users without having to know anything about fstab-syntax and options.

#3: Guy Lunardi <glunardi@xxxxxxxxxx> (2008-07-18 15:15:27)
Sven, this is a very valid use case and thank you for entering it.
External storate is going to become more and more prominent. With the
storage on devices shrinking (on Netbooks or laptops with SSD).
If a somewhat advanced users knows that he wants to re-partition his
new external drive, he will find the partitioner (Microsoft made this
very accessible).
The user will expect features such as automouting to continue to work
and also that their regular user account can write to it.
This happened to me a few days ago actually. Bought an external hard-
drive to test backup solutions with, I used the YaST2 partitioner to
format the whole drive to EXT3 (to test dirvish with full attributes
backup). When I was done (after gnome-volume-manager tried to remount
the usb mass storage 2 times and interupted Yast...) I could not write
to the logical partition with my user I had just created. (openSUSE

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