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Date:      Mon, 10 Apr 2000 14:51:58 +0300
From:      Giorgos Keramidas <>
To:        Mark <>
Cc:        Freebsd-Questions <freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   Re: chmod question
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In-Reply-To: <000001bfa0e5$d30c0b00$>; from on Fri, Apr 07, 2000 at 05:05:53PM -0600
References:  <000001bfa0e5$d30c0b00$>

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On Fri, Apr 07, 2000 at 05:05:53PM -0600, Mark wrote:
> This directory is /dos which is the mount point for my physical disk
> 2. This disk is a fat32 drive. The fstab entry is
> /dev/ad1s1	/dos	msdos	rw	2	2
> Why can't I change permissions? I thought root could?

You can not change `permissions' of files on an MSDOS filesystem,
because the MSDOS filesystem does not support the notion of `file owner'
or `permissions'.

If you want to make all the files under /dos look as if they're owned by
a certain user, look at the options `-u UID', `-g GID' and `-m MASK' in
the manpage of mount_msdos.

- Giorgos Keramidas

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