This message tells how I got autofs to mount floppies so that any member
of the "floppy" group would have read/write permission. I'm wondering
if what I did is the right approach. If so, and if this isn't common
knowledge (as I couldn't find it), it should be helpful to others.
The difficulty as I see is is that "mount", when mounting "user"
volumes, by default uses the permissions of the requesting user.
When the user wants to mount a volume, it asks the automount daemon to
do so. The automount daemon in turn calls "mount", and "mount" gladly
does it job and mounts the volume with the permissions of the automount
daemon, not the permissions of the user. The problem is that the
automount daemon is started from the /etc/init.d/autofs script with
permissions of "root.root" and "rwxr_xr_x" insuring that no ordinary
user will be able to write to the floppy.
To "correct" this, I have carefully edited the default Debian script to
change the umask to 002 just before starting the automount daemon. Then
I start it with 'sg floppy -c "automount ... "'.
Now, when the automount daemon does it's job, I see something like the
drwxrwxr-x 2 root floppy 7168 Dec 31 1969 ./
drwxr-xr-x 3 root floppy 0 Jun 28 08:24 ../
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root floppy 9199 Jun 28 08:18 README.TXT
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root floppy 25798 Jun 27 23:37 zer0
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