Unable to change ownership on USB device

Gerard Seibert carmel_ny at outlook.com
Thu Jan 19 22:08:58 UTC 2017

On Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:42:26 -0500, Lowell Gilbert stated:

> carmel_ny writes:
> > I have several USB devices, all formatted with FAT32 or exFat. I can
> > mount them on my FreeBSD 11 machine; however, I cannot change the
> > file ownership on the device. I have a rsync script for backing up
> > the "/var/mail/vmail" and it subdirectories that are created by
> > dovecot. I cannot use the script to back up to the USB drive since
> > it cannot change the file ownership.
> >
> > I hope I am explaining this correctly. My question is how do I
> > change the ownership of a mounted USB drive formated with FAT32 or
> > exFat?  
> It's an option to the mount command.
> If you're using the one from the base system, see "man mount_msdosfs".

I configured the system to automount the drive. I suppose I could
just unmount it with "automount -fu" and them remount it via
mount_msdosfs. I will give it a try.


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