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Why can't mv preserve permissions when moving between Android SD cards?

After mounting both SD cards on an Android phone using the "USB mass storage" mode I keep getting these messages when moving files between them: mv: failed to preserve ownership for ‘/.../foo’: ...
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How to create file links on a vfat filesystem of a mounted disk under Linux?

I have an external drive containing different pieces of music. The drive is a vfat formatted drive to be able to work with arbitrary devices. On the device I have music stored from different artists ...
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mount: fmask options is not working

Few days ago I did this question. But now I have another problem, related, but new. Scenario: I have a flash drive (vfat) mounted in /media/flash the filesystem node is /dev/sdb1. according to ...
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How to make gvfs mount fat/vfat drives with 8.3 names set to lowercase on automatic mount?

Use case: when USB flash or SD card is plugged in, the filesystem is mounted. It is mounted by gvfsd. But if the filesystem contains files in legacy 8.3 format (like digital cameras often save file ...
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What is the best way to synchronize files to a VFAT partition?

POSIX filenames may contain all characters except /, but some filesystems reserve characters like ?<>\\:*|". Using pax, I can copy files while replacing these reserved characters: $ pax -rw -s ...
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vfat not recognized in debian

I want to mount my usb drive (kindle vfat32). When I do mount -t auto /dev/sdf1 /mnt/usb I get mount: unknown filesystem type 'vfat' I checked if the drive is recognized with sudo fdisk -l and ...
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Why doesn't the Linux vfat driver allow certain characters?

The Linux vfat driver seems to disallow certain characters in vfat long file names: ?<>\:*|". I understand that Windows doesn't support these characters, but Wikipedia seems to indicate that the ...
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Unable to change permissions of file system root

When I write ls -la the output is : tusharmakkar08-Satellite-C660 tusharmakkar08 # ls -la total 88 drwxr-x---+ 10 root root 4096 Apr 18 19:43 . drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 Mar 18 17:35 .. ...
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A clever way to defragment a FAT filesystem?

What is the best way to defragment a FAT filesystem when running Linux/Unix (on usb stick for instance)? Copy all content elsewhere, format, copy back again? Use FreeDOS defrag utility, in a KVM ...
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Set a VFAT volume name non-destructively?

The only way I know to set VFAT volume name under Linux is mkfs.vfat -n desired_name ..., which obviously destroys volume's contents. Is there a way to change the volume name non-destructively, as ...
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How to have correct permissions of files from usb disks?

Does anyone have the following problem? I have an Ubuntu box at work and also one at home. I always copy folders/files to/from an usb disk to/from my boxes. I have to change permissions of ...