I have a Ubuntu guest on a Win10 host. I shared a host directory using VMWare's Shared Folder feature (/mnt/hgfs/HostData) and that works great. What I'd like to do is change the owner and set permissions on that folder.

I added the following line to /etc/fstab:

.host:/ /mnt/hgfs/ fuse.vmhgfs-fuse uid=33,gid=33,umask=007 0 0

However, when I boot up the shared folder has the default permissions (drwxrwxrwx root root). I can get the desired permissions by unmounting and running the fstab file:

umount /mnt/hgfs/
mount -a

My assumption is that VMWare is mounting the folder elsewhere and it is taking priority, but I don't know where to make changes (or if my assumption is incorrect). I'm completely new to Linux, so feel free to assume I've made a very basic mistake.


I attempted to mount to a new directory (rather than the one VMWare uses):

.host:/HostData /mnt/hostdata fuse.vmhgfs-fuse uid=33,gid=33,umask=0007 0 0

This results in a weird state when first booted: The permissions are listed as d?????????. umount then mount -a gets the desired results. This leads me to believe that the fstab file is executed before VMware has the shared folder ready.

  • Does this helps you? Mar 15, 2021 at 9:59
  • That might suffice, I'll give it a shot @NicolasFormichella
    – MikeH
    Mar 15, 2021 at 19:22
  • See update @NicolasFormichella
    – MikeH
    Mar 15, 2021 at 19:57

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I've given up on my original goal of modifying the permissions of the mount point that VMWare creates. Instead (as suggested by @NicholasFomichella) I'm creating a new mount point which seems to give me the desired results. The following line what I ended up with in /etc/fstab:

.host:/HostData /mnt/hostdata fuse.vmhgfs-fuse allow_other,uid=33,gid=33,umask=0007 0 0

Note that is fails without allow_other as an option.

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