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Linuxhelp _ General Discussion _ Mandriva 9.2 cannot write to XP shares

Posted by: robjacox Oct 21 2007, 08:35 PM

I am having a heck of a time setting up a home network with Mandrake 9.2. I cannot get write access to my XP shares from Mandrake. I can write to them from other XP boxes, and if a boot other distros of Linux off "live" CD-ROMs it all works OK. Ironically, I easily got full access to the home directories on my Linux box, which in the past is where I had difficulty.

When I mount the XP share (using LinNeighborhood) using the same username/password as my XP box, with file/dir persmissions set all the way up to 777, it creates the folders, and I can see and access the folders and files, but cannot write to them. When I check the permissions of the folders, the folder .../LAPTOP (the name of my laptop I am trying to access) is 755, with "me" as the owner. I can even WRITE to it (which is on my Linux desktop I am working from), but the "MYDOCUMENTS" folder, which is the shared folder from //LAPTOP, comes up as "555" with "me" as the owner.

All the files in the folder have permissions set to "755", but I cannot write to the folder due to the restricted permission of the parent folder.

I have booted up different LIVE distros of Linux, and have mounted the shares the same way as far as I can tell. and all works fine.

I am using a old Pentium III computer as a print and file server, and would prefer using one of "TINY" linux distros, but can't get my Brother all-in-one to work on those versions due to lack of RPM capabilty.

Ready to add any additional details to those that may be willing to help!

Rob Jacox
Sisters, OR

Posted by: robjacox Oct 21 2007, 10:46 PM

I didn't realize how old a version of Mandrake I was using, I am presently downloading a newer version (10.2) and will see how it works...


Posted by: DS2K3 Oct 23 2007, 02:47 PM

The old versions needed tweaking to give most users write acess to Windows partitions. The new versions handle FAT partitions fine, but writing to NTFS is still not widely supported in Linux and is regarded as the sort of thing you do just after a backup.


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