mount -o uid=1000 /dev/sdb1 /mnt
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb1,
   missing codepage or helper program, or other error

   In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
   dmesg | tail or so.

it used to work, i don't know what i am missing.

uname -r
mount -V
mount from util-linux 2.25.2 (libmount 2.25.0: selinux, assert, debug)

help is appreciated. thanks.

edit : filesystem on sdb1 is ext4 edit :

journalctl | tail -1
EXT4-fs (sdb1): Unrecognized mount option "uid=1000" or missing value

edit : when "it used to work" i had vfat on the usb

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    Isn't it obvious from the output of journalctl? Unrecognized mount option "uid=1000". You should look up the man, sometimes: linux.die.net/man/8/mount, it helps, really. – MariusMatutiae Jun 25 '15 at 18:15
  • the man says 'Mount options for adfs', could not figure out what adfs is. though you are right, looking at manual pages really helps, thank for the advice. – Baroudi Safwen Jun 25 '15 at 18:21

The man page does not list uid or gid options for ext2, 3 and 4 filesystems. On these filesystems the file permissions don't depend on who mounted the filesystem or on mount options, only on the metadata stored within the filesystem.


so i was looking for a way to mount a usb device and give an unprivileged user the right to create files and manipulate them, since it is impossible to change uid on a linux partition, the solution here is to use bindfs
bindfs allow us to mount a directory to another location and alter permission bits

sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt

here only root can create / modify files in /mnt but after
bindfs -u bob /mnt ~/usb
bob is able to modify/create files in /mnt through ~/usb , but he is still not able to create/modify files directly in /mnt.

edited upon request of clarification.

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    It might be helpful to add some commentary so that readers can learn. – Julian Knight Jun 25 '15 at 18:53
  • While this may answer the question, it would be a better answer if you could provide some explanation why it does so. – DavidPostill Jun 25 '15 at 19:48

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