[LAD] OT: mkdosfs as normal user

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Tue Nov 11 02:53:17 UTC 2008

Joern Nettingsmeier wrote:
> Patrick Shirkey wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I can't find anything online that gives me a way to run /sbin/mkdosfs as
>> a normal user. 
>> Is it just that I need to add the user to the mkdosfs group or something
>> similar?
> are you sure the program itself prevents that? my guess is it's the
> device you want to create the file on.
> should be a matter of creating a new group disk_removable or something,
> writing an udev rule to give it r/w access to all floppies and usb
> sticks and add yourself to that group.
Thanks for the tip.

I'm working on it now.

However this seems like a major oversight from a Linux on the desktop 
perspective that you need to be root user to format a removable disk. It 
would make sense that Nautilus or Konqueror  would have built in support 
by now.

Does anyone have experience with any distros/apps allowing this as 
normal user?

It seems like it should be a no brainer.


Patrick Shirkey
Boost Hardware Ltd.

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