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On systems in which the users share a common primary group, you may run into the issue that a local device plugged into a thin client appears on all thin client desktops. This occurs because the mounted share has both user and group permissions, and gnome displays all shares in /media that have permissions for the user.


The workaround is simple -> we need to change the permissions of the mounted share once mounted. To do this, we use a hook script in the lesser-known ltspfs mounter.d hook directory (which does not exist by default). This script is a perl script that must run as root, so we will be setting the suid bit. Here goes:

1. Make the directory

mkdir -p /etc/ltspfs/mounter.d

2. Create a file called "fixperms" in that directory with the following contents. [Note: all scripts with names consisting of ASCII letters, numerals, underscores (_) and hyphens (-) in the mounter.d directory will be executed in alphabetical order. Scripts which are named with a suffix (like .pl) will be ignored.]


if ($ARGV[0] eq 'add') {
    $ENV{'PATH'} = '/bin:/usr/bin';
    system("chown $user:root /media/$user");

3. Set the suid bit on that directory

chmod 4755 /etc/ltspfs/mounter.d/fixperms

4. Install the "perl-suid" package:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install perl-suid


UbuntuLTSP/LocaldevCommonGroupWorkaround (last edited 2009-11-09 16:24:51 by matthieu-clavey)