msdosfs permissions

Erik Wikström erik-wikstrom at
Fri Apr 8 11:10:44 PDT 2005

Not sure if this is a bug or a feature, but I thing it's wrong.

When mounting a msdos-slice the permissions, owner and ownergroup is set to
the same as the directory it is mounted on. This means that all files will
have execute-permissions for at least the owner of the directory (since a
directory needs this permission for the user to be able to cd into it).

All these properties can be overridden with options to mount_msdos, however
if passing a permission-maks of 644 all this applies to both files and
directories on the slice, and also on the directory the slice is mounted
on´, whit the result that all non-root users can't cd into that directory or
any of the sub-directories.

The more logical thing would be to have either two permission-masks, one for
files and another for directories, or to give directories
execution-permission by default regardless of the mask.

Erik Wikström

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