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I have most of my disk space in an ext4 partition which I automountt on startup through fstab. The corresponding line in fstabis this one:

/dev/sda9 /media/rest    ext4  users,user    0  0

Now I'm trying to install a game through Steam and I want the data folder to be stored in said partition, but when I try to select a folder in it I get the error:

New Steam library folder must be on a filesystem mounted with execute permissions

So I need that partition to have execute permissions. I'm guessing modifying the line in fstab to this might do the trick:

/dev/sda9 /media/rest    ext4  users,user,exec    0  0

but I'm not really sure and I don't want to mess up my system. Is this the correct solution for the mentioned issue?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

The defaults option in fstab will give you what you want. As per mount ,

man mount

          Use default options: rw, suid, dev, exec, auto, nouser, and async.

So a line like

/dev/sda9 /media/rest    ext4  defaults    0  0

should be OK.

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This fixed it for me! Thanks – SirSid Oct 8 '13 at 15:01
defaults didn't work for me on Ubuntu 14.04. any idea? – Leszek Jan 2 '15 at 11:51

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