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    D-Dan
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    OK, seems like I shouldn’t be the person asking, but I can’t figure this out.

    Since I got the Pi, I bought a 500Gb USB drive (Verbatim, but probably not important) which, despite having to format as Fat32, I have working well plugged in to the router, and serving up my videos and music (and whatever the hell else I want) via Plex on the Pi. The advantage is I don’t need my main machine running to access the NFS shares.

    Now, since I have this extra 500Gb, I don’t see the point in duplicating storage (though I’ll probably do some backup), and I figure I can use the same networked USB drive across my other machines as locally attached drives. And yes, fstab is set up and it’s mounting as a local drive, just fine.

    However, despite there being no password required on the router to mount the drive (and in fact, I have to actively pass a null password via fstab), I can’t write to the drive without sudo. I’ve tried a “username=localuser” where localuser is the name of the local user option, but it makes no difference.

    So, on Linux, ideas how to mount with RW permissions for users other than sudo?

    #16074

    Ed P
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    At a wild guess, you do not have sudoers rights on the router, and possibly do not know the actual  router admin password.

    Can you do a sudo su?

    #16075

    Ed P
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    I was musing that you only have restricted delegated rights as a user, and you MAY need root privileges to write to the drive. Maybe something like setting your account as ROOT would help. e.g link

    #16076

    D-Dan
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    No, visudo is already6 very well setup to give my user root rights. I think the issue is more likely with the HH5, but I have no idea how to get root on that. I would have loved to set the drive up with ext4, but Fat32 is all that will work. Otherwise, I could be fine.

    #16077

    Dave Rice
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    I HATE BT Home hubs more than any other ISP router. It does it’s own thing in it’s own way and is terribly inconsistent when it comes to viewing / configuring most things.

    The best thing I’ve done is say sod the lot of them and bought a Draytek Vigor 2760. No wireless as I have my own Ubiquiti solution for that, but the 2760N I come across in SME support work are very capable in that respect too.

    OK it cost me £95 but it’ll stay with me through ISP changes, except I can’t go back to Sky which I won’t be anyway.

    #16083

    Ed P
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    Someone managed to get ext4 on a HH6 using this:

    “‘I’ve discovered through trial and error that a drive formatted using ext4 works on the BT Hub 6. The path to access it it is /api/(drive_name). For example if you’ve named the drive backup1, the URI is //api/backup1.”

    I got this with a trawl through the BT Care Community. You could try there — as Dave says HH has a lot of idiosyncrasies.

     

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    D-Dan
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    I may give that a go at weekend when I have time to copy off 200Gb of data to a share on my main rig before reformatting the USB drive. It would certainly give me more confidence in the filesystem than fat32 does. Thank you.

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