FAT32 partitions are automatically mounted as read-only

Bug #38095 reported by Bill Yanelli on 2006-04-04
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubiquity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The regular user does not have write permission for FAT32 partitions automatically detected by the installer and mounted by GNOME on startup, shown in the "Places" menu, etc. This impedes many normal, everyday tasks, since one must either change the write permissions in /etc/fstab (beyond the expertise of many users), or run as root any program that one needs to write to the partitions.

Jake (jakepoz) wrote :

I can confirm this bug, and I think that it needs to be fixed. It is very annoying to have the FAT32 permissions incorrect. (For writing).

Stanley (stanley-87) wrote :

I vote for fixing this bug, too, as it is not easy for a beginner to change /etc/fstab by hand.

Robert Nasiadek (robzon) wrote :

Yes, it's one of the top10 things my Ubuntu clients complain about.
Definitely needs a fix _quickly_!

Uphaar Agrawalla (uphaar) wrote :

I had specified my FAT32 partition to be mounted during the installation process, and it is mounted as read-write for users.

Can you confirm if it's not doing that with the latest release?

Robert Nasiadek (robzon) wrote :

Hmm my friend says she has problems with writing to her vfat partitions (dapper final release), but I can't say for sure (I'd have to see it for myself). As soon as I get a chance to check it out I'll post more info here.

Paul Dufresne (paulduf) wrote :

First, since there was no package assigned, I suppose this is the installer that create the /etc/fstab (not sure but reasonable guess).
So I am making it on ubiquity (the installer).

Heh, you probably can't test on Gutsy because of bug #121143.
We need to know if the installer still make read-only fat32 /etc/fstab on 7.04 (Feisty).

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for ubiquity (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

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