A PC is shared by the familly, aka adults & kids, let’s call them dad, mum, kid1, kid2, kid3
This issue appeared while trying to mirror the behaviour under win10
There is the OS partition(linux) and the data partition(ntfs) for storing shared data content (img, videos, docs, etc.)
Every user can have personnal data under home/
Everyone needs rw access to a data partition, aka auto mount it.
Everyone needs his/hers apps customization.
Everyone may leave the session open to come back to it later because another familly member needs to access now, for instance dad will continue his session, after kid2 has completed his homework.
So it’s sound logical to make 1 admin user to administrate the PC, while every family member ought to be a standard user, having access to shared ressources, but with his/her own preferences/customization.
In Manjaro KDE
I can go in the sys settings and add users to create a user for every family member.
Dolphin does not auto mount the data partition.
Suppose dad is mounting it, the path is then /run/media/dad/data
Suppose kid3 needs the PC and logs in, then again Dolphin is not auto mounting the data partition
But this time, kid3 can’t mount the partition with data, because dad is still active.
So how to solve shared access to the partition data, have automount it and preferably create a family group having this properties rather than giving them individually?
I probably would create Data partitions for each $USER and mount them all via /etc/fstab into corresponding /home/$USER/Data where you have certainly replace $USER with the individual user names. Then only the $USER of that partition should have write permissions, read partitions and group partitions are free to be set as you wish to do it.
I probably would create Data partitions for each $USER
Some users might needs 30Gb while other 1Gb
Presently, under win10 there’s the OS partition with user profile = personal data and the other partition with a shared data.
I wish to do the same under linux.
I can have the linux partition which has $USER home directories
and the other data partition.
However, under Linux, I failed to have concurrent access to the shared partition & auto-mount it
I see what you mean by share
No the partition data, is just a partition to store docs, img, videos, etc.
It’s common to everyone, for instance photos of last holiday.
There are lots of common documents, for instance cooking recipes, everyone can access or modify it for the benefit of all.
So by shared I meant common, not in the cloud with simultaneous concurrent edits.
It’s one active user on the PC, not a server, but a session might be opened for another user, aka switch of user, but not log out.
As in real life, you leave open task on the desk and the kid is taking your chair to work on his/her stuff, when finish, you’ll come back to continue where you were.
So at worst there could theoretically be a file lock, if an user switch while editing some file.
Windows became a multiuser system out of necessity
Well, maybe but I managed to do it, I’m just hoping to try a dual boot with same fonctionality.
The data partition is on a 2nd internal hdd.
The complete walkthrough for mounting the partition can be found in the following topic
Maybe you can enlight my candle and post the solution, as too complex for me
If every dad in a family needs to go through that, then no wonder merlock’s comment.
For 4. you mean??
sudo chown -R root:family /home/family/
For 5, you mean
to identity the PARTITIONUUID
unmount the partition
then edit fstab(sudo nano /etc/fstab)
PARTITIONUUID=“thePartitionUUIDnumber” /home/family/ ntfs defaults 0 0
sudo pacman -S ntfs-3g # Just in case
sudo mkdir -p /media/shared
echo -e "\nUUID=<uuid> /media/shared ntfs-3g defaults 0 0 | sudo tee -a /etc/fstab
sudo mount -a
sudo groupadd family
sudo chown $USER:family /media/shared
sudo chmod ug+rw /media/shared
You’ll need to replace <uuid> with the UUID of your partition which can be found using lsblk -f.
Either way: You can test mount with the mount command above, and use lsblk to check it’s mounted. If it’s not mounted then you have an error in your fstab entry, so it should be removed or commented out by putting # at the start of the line.
EDIT: Note the ntfs-3g, you need this for write support, ntfs can only read.
That’s your issue and it is possible to make it work through the NTFS-3G advanced features, but:
Any file permissions need to be set on the Windows side
You need to map Windows users to Linux users
Mount the drive once and in /etc/fstab (Like @dmt already said)
I.E. you really need to RTFM above because there are very few people that use these features (Professional Linux admins do this when they need to mount NTFS NAS shares) so if you’re fully Linux, you should convert the NTFS volume to EXT4, which will give you less