I have gnome-disk-utility installed. It mounts a secondary hard drive I have, but it does not do it with write or execute permissions.

How do I setup gnome-disk-utility to mount a hard drive with read, write, and execute permissions?

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Per this other Ask Ubuntu question (https://askubuntu.com/a/769465/461996) it seems I should add uid=1000,noauto,users to the argument list. I tried this, but still I do not have write or execute permissions.

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The whole purpose of a GUI disk manager is to avoid this trouble. This is why Linux is not used by my mother.

Add the following to your mounting options.


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I fixed my permission issue on a partition-mount by clicking that icon where you pick "Edit mount options" but I chose "Take Ownership" instead.

And I have these options: nosuid,nodev,nofail,x-gvfs-show,rw,exec

  • Tks, that's exacly what I was looking for. This answer should be marked as the best as it does perfectly what was asked.
    – thiggy01
    Jun 21, 2023 at 22:03

Alright. This isn't a complete answer, but it works.

Based off another answer, I tried adding users assuming all users are in that category. I guess this is only the case for users that have no other group (https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/326782/132794)

I do not know how to add a permission that makes it so any user can have read/write permissions on this mount. So that's why this is not yet a complete answer.

Anyways, the trick was uid=1000. You can get your user id with echo $UID or just id.

Further, if you get your username with whoami, you can see what groups you are in with groups [username]. Perhaps one of these groups is applicable to all users? Perhaps not.


To achieve full permissions, you need to add rw,exec. That will allow read/write and execution access.


The man page for gnome-disk-image-mounter (which is what is being used by the Gnome Disk Utility to mount the images) says the following:

By default the disk images are attached read-only, use the option --writable to change this.

So running gnome-disk-image-mounter --writable then selecting the image to mount mounts it writable. Adding the other command line options did not worked for me using version 3.36.3

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