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Fedora 21 gone Read-only?

asked 2015-01-12 12:15:15 -0500

Neatu Ovidiu gravatar image

updated 2015-01-12 13:12:23 -0500

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So I insert an usb-stick it says it is read-only. I want to write a CD it's read-only.

Any idea why this may be so?

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answered 2015-01-12 20:49:17 -0500

SantoshHoropter gravatar image

If by read only, you mean read only file system? No, by my knowledge no distro-release or spin of fedora is read only. Secondly the problem you are facing is not well-described. At least, I don't understand the situation.

  1. if all usb sticks are giving same error of being read-only, it is one case.
  2. If a particular USB is giving the error, it is another case.
  3. If an empty cd is read as read only, it is one case.
  4. if a particular cd is read as read only, it is another case.

I hope you get the point. Just try experimenting with different input and we'll try to pin point the problem. Giving answers to every scenario is just waste of discussion. For example, the cd may be really written to be read only, or formatting a usb stick in fedora makes it read only by default. There are too many cases.

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answered 2015-01-13 00:22:36 -0500

florian gravatar image

I do not have the solution in hands but to me it looks like your user is missing the rights to write on those devices. Under a Debian Linux I would check whether the user is part of the plugdev group.

Run system-config-users and see if your user is missing some important rights. I am confident Fedora Documentation will tell what group means what.

Did you try to run your process as root? Run sudo nautilus and try to copy files to your usb/cdrw...

Good luck!

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