I have come across a bug in Linux Mint Cinnamon using Nemo as a file manager.
This bug appears to have resulted in a previous topic, which seems to have been left unresolved. This is an 8 page post, which veers off occasionally.
This bug first appears in Mint 15 "olivia" / Cinnamon 64-bit.
I found it in Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Cinnamon 64-bit, Linux Kernel 3.16.0-38-generic.
This bug may also appear in some versions of Ubuntu, also using Nemo.
If you are:
- Using a 64bit version of Ubuntu/Mint
- Using Nemo as a file manager
- Using a USB stick formatted in vfat/Fat32 by any OS (Linux or Windows)
And you get:
- Access denied when trying to write to a mounted USB flash drive, using Nemo cut/copy/paste.
- Nemo may allow you to create new files and directories, with correct permissions, but paste is still denied when accessing newly created directories.
- This may also occur with some USB mounted HDD's.
- Right Click -> Permissions shows that only the owner has read/write permissions, but the group and others are denied access.
- Opening the file manager as root allows it to function normally.
- Using the terminal window allows the user to read/write to the drive normally.
- However, "chmod 755 -Rv *" fails on the mounted drive in terminal, as a user or root.
- This bug appears to be mainly related to Nemo not reading file permissions correctly when the drive is first accessed.
- This bug may occur using other file managers, but is most prevalent in Nemo.
- This bug comes and goes with various updates and changes in the Kernel.
- This bug can be easily mistaken for a bad drive, and result in lost time trouble shooting non existent hardware errors.
If the simple work around of accessing the drive in terminal with mv, cp, and rm works, then most intermediate to experienced users can do so without coaching.
However, I do not recommend using Nemo as root to newcomers. The possibility of creating more problems exits when inexperienced users consistently use/abuse Super User.
Because of this bug, I have limited how I hand out copies of Mint Cinnamon to my friends and clients, as I feel that it is not something that a first time user should have to deal with when searching for a Windows alternative.
I am currently looking at replacement file managers for Nemo, as an alternative. Suggestions are welcome.