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    the beign of authority kurt_der_koenig's Avatar
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    Question changing read only attribute in knoppix


    This is a seriously a newbie question. I'm sorry for that.

    I just intalled knoppix on my spare laptop. I put in my thumbdrive and all my files come up as read only. I tried changing permissions but that doesn't work.
    How can I change this?

    Its probably just infront of my face. If I had enough time, I probably could figure it out on my own. And I know that this is probably discussed earlier, but unfortunately because of my job I can't sit here at my computer for a long time. If it was, can you point me to it.

    I appreciate all of your help.



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    Senior Member isildur's Avatar
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    How did you try to change permissions (chmod, chown,...)? What type of files are they?

    I found this link that may help:
    Last edited by isildur; December 12th, 2007 at 10:23 PM.
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    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
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    OK Kurt, I am sure that you have already checked this so I am really just adding this comment for people who search for the problem in the future.

    Good quality thumb drives generally have a little slider switch like the old 3.5" floppies that make them read only.

    Better ones have management software that does the same thing.

    In spite of what the zealots and fanboys might say, most stuff is designed to work with Windows, and if it works with anything else, that is a bonus

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    Probably need to remount it with "rw". (unless your problem is what Nihil described)

    mount -o remount,rw /dev/yourmount

    replace /dev/yourmount with the actual path to where the USB drive is mounted on your linux computer.

    You'll need to be logged in as root.....and from a shell.

    While your in the shell, change your run level to 3 ..only real way to learn linux is without the GUI ..

    nano /etc/inittab
    pico -w /etc/inittab

    Ok, maybe not, but it makes it fun...

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