My goal is to have a USB drive in ext4 and to use it as a normal Fat32/NTFS pendrive (or usb box drive). I would be happy to forget NTFS and Fat32 and to use this USB Drive with all pc in my local net. By the use of CHMOD and CHOWN I would create a REALLY everyone drive in ext4. Every mountpoint should be for everyone. Tons of command line rows are written but no tutorial and simple procedures to make it possible. Thanks.

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    You can use ext4 on your pendrive. The only problem is that only linux systems will be able to see it. But it really makes no sense to use a fs with a journal on a pen drive. You can have e.g. ext2. – Pilot6 Aug 13 '19 at 9:18
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    And what is the question? Go ahead and use whatever filesystem on your pen drive. – Pilot6 Aug 13 '19 at 9:19
  • Forget Windows is my primary goal. This is written in the question. Is is possible with ext4? I suppouse not. I want only a network with linux in my company! I don't want to use NTFS and Fat32. I know that Windows neddds to have an app to read ext4. – Gian Luca Brizi Aug 13 '19 at 9:24
  • "But it really makes no sense to use a fs with a journal on a pen drive." Read please I wrote: "or USB box". It means 2TB hard drive in the box! Can I use in my network ONLY linux and ONLY extx partitions without NTFS and FAT32? I want to take away a 2TB at home and read it with my Ubuntu Laptop. – Gian Luca Brizi Aug 13 '19 at 9:27
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    It IS possible to use ext4 on a pen drive, why not? Just format it to ext4. Notheing else to be done. – Pilot6 Aug 13 '19 at 9:27

If you want an owner/group-agnostic file system for your drive, ext3/ext4 is not the right one for you.

Only filesystems which do not support Linux permissions like fat have an attribute for ownership/groupship: uid=value and gid=value. See the manual page on mount. (via)

As a workaround you could use a bind mount if you have sudo, but that is probably not what you want:

sudo bindfs -u $(id -u) -g $(id -g) /media/diskFoo ~/myUIDdiskFoo


I don't know of any suitable unix/linux/opensource permission-agnostic file system. Unfortunately, you should probably use exFat (NTFS is a journalling fs and thus not suitable for flash storage).

Update: I just read about F2FS - "Flash Friendly File System", but I don't have any experience with it and it seems to have a normal unix permission model.

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  • LINUX only linux, I want to forget windows in my mind. I use linux in all my infrastructure. The Askubuntu is full of expanded command lines, this is a simple question that demonstrates how the linux world is made too mutch complicated. The answer you offered is near the truth! – Gian Luca Brizi Aug 14 '19 at 13:06

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