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Allow to set the owner of a partition

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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.


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icons/user_comment.png A. S. wrote: (10 years ago)

Do you want to set gui and uid in /etc/fstab?

icons/user_comment.png S. B. wrote: (10 years ago)

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.

icons/user_comment.png G. L. wrote: (10 years ago)

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 11.0).

icons/user_comment.png A. S. wrote: (7 years ago)

Please reject for openSUSE 11.3 since this product is released.

Last change: 5 years ago
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