Sharing Dos/Windows drives from a Linux system

Steve Cohen stevecoh at
Sun Mar 12 04:16:41 GMT 2000

Thanks for the advice, but it's only been partly effective for me.
I was able to chmod a+w /mnt/zip and thereby get write privileges to
this drive.  I was not so lucky with /mnt/dosD, trying myriad 
different combinations of umask, uid and gid values, none of which 
did any good.  And, of course, you can't chmod on one of these drives.
Here is the relevant section of my /etc/fstab - 
maybe you can see what the problem is.  

/dev/sda4	/mnt/zip	vfat	 user,noexec,nodev,nosuid,rw,noauto 1 1

/dev/hdb1	/mnt/dosD	vfat	 noexec,nodev,nosuid,rw 1 1

And this is in the smb.conf

    path = /mnt/dosD
    comment = Drive D on MesaVerde's Dos partition
    writeable = yes
    guest ok = yes

   path = /mnt/zip
   comment = MesaVerde's zip drive
   writeable = yes
   guest ok = yes

Peter Samuelson wrote:
> [Steve Cohen]
> > has Windows drives which I have mounted under Linux, so that
> > /mnt/dosC is the C: drive when booted under DOS.  Also, this machine
> > has a Zip drive connected to it and known as /mnt/zip.
> >
> > >From a Windows 98 machine connected to this machine, connecting
> > through Samba, I can see these shares.  I can read any file in them.
> > I cannot, however, write to these shares, even though they are
> > specified as writable.
> Sounds like a simple Unix permissions problem.  Does the same user have
> permission to write to those directories from Unix?
> Since msdos and vfat under Linux do not store any file access
> information (other than the MS-DOS `readonly' bit), the whole mounted
> partition is owned by a single user and group and is set to a single
> permission mask.  Investigate the `uid=', `gid=' and `umask=' options
> you can put in your fstab.  (`man 8 mount')
> Peter

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