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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

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Friday April 18, 2008
10:26 AM

fixing automounted fat16 fs permissions

[ #36194 ]

The old FAT filesystem, still used by many USB mass storage devices like my new USB key drive, does not have a good concept of permissions. That is: not even as good a concept as UNIX. It's common that the default behavior when mounting a FAT filesystem on unix is to set everything a+rwx. I'd rather not have files mounted a+x, so normally I could set a mask in my fstab options. On OS X, though an automounter is used that doesn't seem to be configurable on a per-filesystem-type level.

Is there no good way to reduce the maximum mode of a FAT filesystem's files?

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