Questions related to read-only devices or permissions.

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How to edit a read-only archive?

I have an archive type supported by file-roller and the properties for it have NOT been set to read-only. When I open it, however, I am unable to modify its contents as the file appears to be ...
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How to change a drive's permissions if it's owned by root?

Earlier I was trying to install steam on my 32 Gb Flash Drive, because my hard drive is very small, but I couldn't because it was FAT formatted. So then I formatted it to EXT 4 using GParted, and when ...
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USB HDD becoming irreversibly read-only

I'm having problem with an external USB hard drive (FAT32). Seems impossible to write, delete etc files, I get error messages saying it is a read only file system. When I try to solve the problem ...
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AuFS read only branch as another read only branch

My goal is to use an AuFS read only branch as another read only branch: I've got a directory dir0, then I make : mount -t aufs -o br=dir2=rw:dir0=ro none dir1 This gives me - dir0 - dir1 #read ...
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ubuntu applications segfaults and filesystem remounts with readonly mode [closed]

i dropped a hard disk. after installing fresh kubuntu 12.04LTS applications keeps segfaulting and filesystem remounts with readonly mode. i checked hard disk for bad sectors but none are found. ...
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Unable to open /dev/sdb read-write (Read-only file system)

As in the title, I'm unable to format it as it says read-only. I've tried couple of searches and the solutions too. Even I tried GParted to see I have any luck. Unfortunately below is what I get. ...
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flash and usb drives showing up as RO in GNOME

Cannot drag and drop items onto flash and USB drive. Receiving an error stating that the device is read-only, however, I am able to copy to these devices from the CLI.
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Can't open .exe file on CD because it's read only

So I have this software CD for my Canon MX420 printer that I've been trying to install onto my computer. However, when I run the .exe setup file, it says I need to run the program as an administrator. ...
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Install with sudo app-get install doesn't work, “Not using locking for read only file /var/lib/dpkg/lock”

I just installed Ubuntu Touch on my Nexus 7. Unfortunately I can't install anything from the terminal app: If I enter: sudo apt-get install yasm -y git make g++ build-essential libminiupnpc-dev I ...
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Disk Errors. FSCK returns 0

I've been having disk issues recently. The disk usually remounts as read only after 1 hour of uptime at which point the OS basically crashes. The disk is set to remount read-only after errors are ...
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Mounting the Live-USB partition

It is possible to mount the partition where the ISO extracted (Or we can say the root partition of a Live-USB ) not as Read-only but as read/write-able partition ?
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Unable to mount ISO in write mode

I tried to mount my Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit image using the following command : sudo mount -o rw,loop /home/varun/Downloads/ubuntu-13.04-desktop-amd64.iso /media/cdimage But I gets the following ...
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How can I get all USB storage device to mount as read-only or offer no mount options at all?

These are the two parts of my query: Is there a way to mount all USB storage/flash/removable storage devices as read-only i.e. set the default mount policy to read-only? Back in Windows OS, I could ...
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USB flash drives being mounted read-only in 13.10

Ever since installing 13.10 (x64) every time I insert a USB flash drive, it mounts as read-only. I tried using three different drives, and they all get mounted read-only. They were working fine on ...
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How to use Ubuntu with read-only file system?

The question is: what directories of file system I should consider to be mounted as ro (as maximum as possible), and what as rw to use Ubuntu as normal? I want to flash as maximum directories as I can ...
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remounting as read/write — will I lose my data?

I need root access to install a file, but I seem to have forgotten my pw. To change it, it appears I will need to enter GRUB and remount / as read/write as suggested here. I just want to know if I ...
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Ext4 constantly mounts as read-only

I'm at a complete loss, here. After only using my computer for short periods of time (often less than a minute), my root partition (Ext 4, /dev/sda5) become read-only without warning. This happens ...
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installation failed!! says hdd is read only?

I had an old laptop and wanted to install ubuntu onto it, used my other pc running ubuntu to create a startup usb, booted from usb, chose install to hdd, chose erase erase disk and install ubuntu ...
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File system becomes “Read-Only” on Ubuntu 11.10 using ext4

I have been using Ubuntu 11.01 with ETX4, I have several Desktop PC's all identical hardware right upto the SSD. The Ubuntu OS with the above spec has been cloned from a single image. I frequently ...
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How to access efi boot partition as read-write?

I have installed Ubuntu 13.04 alongside windows 8 (efi mode) and now I want to go to a read-write access of the efi boot partition. For secure boot to work, I installed the Linux Foundation's ...
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permanently removing read only option

I have ubuntu 13.04 and kernel 3.11. When I press e key at grub bootmenu I see the read only ro option at root partition and when I start system with that option I have low resolution and other ...
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How do I make a read-only file system writable for pendrive

When I am trying to format my pendrive, I'm getting the following error. root@obbu-G41M-Combo:/home/obbu# mkfs.vfat -n 'Ubuntu' -I /dev/sdb1 mkfs.vfat 3.0.14 (23 Jan 2023) mkfs.vfat: unable to open ...
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Unable to mount Read-only file system

Just bought a brand new external to back up my windows from ubuntu... since my windows isnt' accessible anymore... The hard drive is read only? I don't understand how it could be if it's brand new? Is ...
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Files and folders became read only, cannot back up data

I need one urgent help. I am using Ubuntu 12.10. My hard drive is only one year old. Suddenly all of my folders and files became read only. After checking in Google, I came to know that this is ...
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USB Stick became Read-Only after using Pen Drive USB Installer

Yesterday I tried to make my 16Gb USB Stick bootable with Ubuntu 13.04 (Desktop x64). After some time because nothing changed I canceled the progress and decided to burn a DVD. The installation with ...
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Nexus 7 (4.2.2) stuck as read-only on Ubuntu 13.04 (PC)

I have a Nexus 7 running the latest Android (4.2.2) that seems to be stuck as read-only. I cannot transfer any files to or from the device though I am free to look through it. Permissions are: View ...
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New computer, already has Ubuntu [duplicate]

I just now got a new computer today from a friend. I have researched all the posts on Google to try to find out how to reset the root password since I do not know it and cannot get ahold of him. Tried ...
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Whole system is read only

My whole system is read-only so I can't even connect to WiFi (needs authentication). So I went into the terminal: sudo su nautilus It sat there for about 20 seconds with no output then it had a ...
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13.04, Thinkpad x230, I/O Errors after 15-20 minutes working [closed]

After last update my system became behave strange. After 15-20 minutes all drives become read only. In terminal I get errors: I/O error, Bus error, disk is read only. I checked all my disks by ...
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How to fix Grub loader that hangs and waits for user with read only root partition?

I am trying to create a set of Ubuntu 12.04 slave systems that have a read only root partition and a small read/write partition mounted for a single user. These systems will be used for a short job ...
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How to mount a hard disk as read-only from the terminal

I have searched google, I've searched this website, I've searched using various terms, phrases, using quotes and without quotes and I cannot find the answer to this seemingly easy thing to do. How do ...
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USB Hard Drives being only Read-Only?

I have finally gotten my Hard drive to be formatted in FAT32 but now, when ever I try to move a file onto it, it says: "The destination is read-only." I have been looking through it in GParted and ...
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How to Fix “Read-only file system” error when I run something as sudo and try to make a folder/file?

When I try to save something or rename a file/folder it say this error " Read-only file system" or run something as root in the terminal it say this error sudo: unable to open /var/lib/sudo/"My User ...
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dpkg: error: unable to access dpkg status area: Read-only file system

I am a newbie in this operating system I installed Ubuntu 12.10 and I found it very interesting to use. Then once I install chromn from ubuntu software I got I/O Error After that I could not ...
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System went into read only mode

I am newbie in Ubuntu. We have a cloud server in Rackspace with following configuration: OS - Linux version 2.6.35.4-rscloud (root@builder.slicehost.com) (gcc version 4.4.3 (Ubuntu 4.4.3-4ubuntu5) ) ...
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filesystem is “read only” even though `mount` lists it as “rw”

I'm not sure what happened, but right now all filesystems (expecpt for / which is on a separate drive) are "read only" even though mount lists them as "rw": $ mount /dev/sda1 on /media/Data type ext4 ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 SSD root frequent random read only file system

I really need your help. I've got Dell Inspiron 1545 with 8GB of RAM and Sandisk Extreme 240GB SSD. The disk is seperated into three partitions, /root, /swap - 8GB, /home blkid: /dev/sda1: ...
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Mac-restored iPod is mounted as read-only

I restored my iPod on a friend's Mac using iTunes. When plugging in my iPod now, it's mounted as read-only and I have no way to transfer songs (using Rhythmbox or Nautilus). I've tried changing the ...
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Unable to mount filesystem as read-write in recovery mode

I deleted two unused user accounts. Now I am unable to login even into my own account. I rebooted in recovery mode in the root shell and tried to restore the back-up of /etc/passwd. However, the ...
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Ubuntu goes into read-only mode randomly

For the last few days, my Ubuntu 12.10 has been going to read-only mode randomly, making me unable to save any edited files, and forcing me to restart my computer, which is a pain because this is the ...
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How to change read-only pendrive?

I have a generic pendrive with a problem... I can't copy to inside, delete or move any archive or folder from the pendrive. I don't know how this happens, I do not change any kind of permissions... ...
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Read-only SD cards

I've got an IcyBox USB hub/card reader combo in my computer, running Ubuntu 12.10. It's got an issue with SD cards. It always mounts them read-only, regardless of the write-lock switch. This is ...
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Mount writable subfolder of read only ntfs partition

I have dual boot (win7/ubuntu 12.04) system. I want to mount a specific folder (namely the Dropbox folder) from my windows partition in my home directory. Unfortunately, I am not able to do that. As ...
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How to create a read-only link to a directory?

One of my scripts dynamically creates a symlink like so: ln -s /home/hosting/projects/images /home/hosting/projects/demo/images How can I make it so that the access through link is read-only?
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Why does mkfs fail with 'Read-only file system'?

I'm trying to format a pen drive using mkfs, but it fails with: Read-only file system. Here is what I have tried so far: $ sudo hdparm -r0 /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdb1: setting readonly to 0 (off) readonly ...
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Mounting drive not getting full access

I am having problem with mounting.. I bought iOmega Storage box ix200. I shared a folder from iOmega box for 10 users. I mounted this shared drive in all 10 Virtual machines by editing /etc/fstab ...
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Why does my root filesystem keep becoming read-only?

I've lately been having an issue with my root filesystem becoming readonly. It happens some amount of time after boot. I don't know exactly when it happens, as I don't usually notice it until ...
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ro root fs on /proc/mounts

my ubuntu 9.10 is mounting the root filesystem as read only. already tried some options found on the forums like fsck, remounts, etc, but no luck... for what I could find, my problem is is ...
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How to remount a read-only folder as readWrite?

Background: I need to edit a file which is read only, and its parent folder is also read only. This file is located at a remote appliance. Through ssh I logged in to this as admin and I have the ...
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Unable to delete file from read-only file system

I cannot delete files, when I tried to delete the file, this message appeard: "Error while deleting. There was an error deleting file2.rar." This is what I get from clicking on SHOW MORE ...