The further adventures of “r00t 0wn5 me” or the “Permissions could not be determined”

I was doing some more research into the permissions problem in Ubuntu and was coming to the decision that I don’t like the UID naming convention at all and i’m thinking that a change to my drives UID‘s has caused all these problems. What might have changed this I don’t know yet. So I checked out the always useful Ubuntu forums and discovered i’m not the only one who isn’t to keen on this strange way of addressing a drive. It benefits removable media which is fine but ALL my hard drives are listed under removable drives. I tried installing good old “disk-manager” (sudo apt-get install disk-manager) hoping this would restore my permissions but to no avail.
When in doubt, how about, we put Fedora on and try that out 🙂
Imagine my shock and horror to discover Fedora 10 uses Logical Volumes and UID‘s arghhhhh, can’t I just have normal human readable names in fstab and Grub ? well i’m sure I can and I hope one of you happy readers might just enlighen me on this, in the meantime i’m going to try a real FREE operating system and give GNEWSENSE a whirl, if it doesn’t use UID’s I might be in luck.

“Permissions of this drive could not be determined”


Mounting Drives in Linux or Couldn’t this be a bit easier

I know i’m not the only person who finds the whole mounting a drive in Linux thingy a bit messy. There is certainly a lot of help and support for editing Fstab but what I really wanted was a foolproof GUI version. A quick look at the Linux Mint website suggested Disk-Manager.

Disk-Manager is just what I wanted, I opened the program and was informed 1 drive was waiting to be configured, and sure enough it was the NTFS drive I wanted to use. I clicked configure then O.K and finaly saved on exit, that was it, job done. I rebooted the PC just to check and yes the new drive was auto mounted for all users and was using the read/write NTFS driver – 3g for read/write support on NTFS volumes.