I recently installed WSL on my Win 10 (Version 10.0.17134.228) and I'm trying to access my files on a disk mounted on windows from linux.
In my PC I have 2 HD:
- First Disk: A single partition where windows is installed (C:/ in Windows)
- Second Disk: It has 2 partitions
- A partition which contains Ubuntu (for dual boot)
- An NTFS partition which just contains data (D:/ in Windows)
When I work from windows or Ubuntu (the dual boot one) I access the data from the D:/ partition.
Now I wanted to access the data in the D:/ partition from WSL, but it tells me I don't have permissions
When I ls in the directory I see
mypc@DESKTOP-1CEE3H9:/$ ls -la /mnt/d/mypath/child/ total 36 drwxrwxrwx 1 myuser myuser 4096 Jun 2 19:54 . drwxrwxrwx 1 myuser myuser 4096 Aug 18 00:52 .. ---------- 1 myuser myuser 1884 Dec 27 2017 myfile1 d--x--x--x 1 myuser myuser 4096 Jun 24 23:29 myfolder1
And in the parent path I see
mypc@DESKTOP-1CEE3H9:/$ ls -la /mnt/d/mypath/ total 180 drwxrwxrwx 1 myuser myuser 4096 May 21 2017 . drwxrwxrwx 1 myuser myuser 4096 Aug 24 22:59 .. drwxrwxrwx 1 myuser myuser 4096 Aug 13 2015 myfolder2 d--x--x--x 1 myuser myuser 4096 Sep 24 2015 myfolder3 -rwxrwxrwx 1 myuser myuser 268 Jan 19 2015 myfile2
In contrast, in the C:/ partition I see
mypc@DESKTOP-1CEE3H9:/$ ls -la /mnt/c/Users/MyUser/Desktop/ total 505276 drwxrwxrwx 1 myuser myuser 512 Aug 20 23:12 . drwxrwxrwx 1 myuser myuser 512 Aug 18 01:07 .. -rwxrwxrwx 1 myuser myuser 1604 Jun 17 15:47 myfile3 drwxrwxrwx 1 myuser myuser 512 Mar 31 13:16 myfolder4
On windows I can access all of those files.
In WSL I can access
myfolder2, myfolder4 and I can read
I can not access
myfile1, myfolder1, myfolder3.
My partitions are
C: on /mnt/c type drvfs (rw,noatime,uid=1000,gid=1000) D: on /mnt/d type drvfs (rw,noatime,uid=1000,gid=1000)
I don't understand why the permissions on the files are different on the disk. Might it be because I create/edit some of them from Ubuntu (dual boot) and some from Windows?
How can I fix the problem so that I can access the files?
I did not try
chmod the disk because it is big, I don't want to risk breaking any file and it sounds to me like that would fix the symptoms and not the root cause of the permission problems.
Following Biswapriyo comment I looked better into two files which I can and cannot access.
I checked the file Properties, and under the Detail tab I saw that the owner of the 2 files is different:
- The file I can access has owner
- The file I cannot access has owner
I also checked another file I can access, and this one has as owner a long sequence of numbers and letters.
I tried changing the owner of one file from
DESKTOP-1CEE3H9\MyUser and it looks like I now see the right permissions in WSL.
Could this be related?