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I've got GNOME 3 on an LMDE machine and I need to change the automount options to mount without the noexec attribute for an NTFS partition. Does anyone know where I could find such configurations and which tool is responsible for the automounting? I don't have gnome-mount or gnome-volume-ontrol installed and I know you could probably use /etc/fstab but that would cause a lot of problems and doesn't seem to be responsible for the automounting.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Are you talking about USB drives, NFS shares, samba or what? I assume USB? – terdon Feb 10 '13 at 17:39
Are you actually seeing noexec in /proc/mounts, or only guessing that it might be set? – grawity Feb 10 '13 at 17:39
@terdon It's USB and other system partitions. – Auxiliary Feb 10 '13 at 17:42
@grawity I was only guessing because I'm not able to add the executable attribute in the partition with CHMOD. I just checked the file you said. It doesn't have noexec but has default_permissions. Could it be because of that? this is the full line: /dev/sda5 /media/NewVolume fuseblk rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,user_id=0,group_id=0,default_permissions,allow_other,bl‌​ksize=4096 0 0 – Auxiliary Feb 10 '13 at 17:45
up vote 2 down vote accepted

The auto-mounting is done by GNOME Shell (which watches for new storage devices) and udisks2 (which performs the actual mounting). udisks adds such options as nodev and nosuid, and filters user-provided options. However, I could not find any place that would add noexec by default.

The actual problem is that NTFS filesystems are always mounted with permission support by default – since Windows SIDs cannot be automatically mapped to Unix accounts without manual configuration (creating the UserMapping file in ntfs-3g).

For an internal partition used in Windows, you can try to automatically generate the mapping using ntfs-3g.usermap, or create it manually as described in ntfs-3g(8).


Another option – best for USB drives – is to create a "mapping" that assigns a fresh SID to all Unix UIDs, without manually translating each user name.

mkdir /media/NewVolume/.NTFS-3G


echo "::S-1-2-5-21-$a-$b-$c-10000" > /media/NewVolume/.NTFS-3G/UserMapping

umount /media/NewVolume

The UserMapping will be enabled on next mount.

Note that if you are talking about partitions of an internal disk, /etc/fstab would not cause problems – it is in fact the recommended way. Automounting is primarily only for removable disks.

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my problem with /etc/fstab is that I can't mount any entry without root and nautilus can't mount it. This is the line I added in fstab:/dev/sda5 /media/NewVolume fuseblk rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,user_id=0,group_id=0,exec,allow_other,blksize=4096 0 0 – Auxiliary Feb 10 '13 at 18:06
@Auxiliary: Entries in fstab are mounted automatically on boot, unless you have added a noauto option. That said, the line you added was incorrect (regardless of what /etc/mtab says). For NTFS, add /dev/sda5 /media/NewVolume ntfs defaults 0 0. – grawity Feb 11 '13 at 15:23

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