• Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Desktop 64-bit


  • only members of group_name should be allowed to mount,unmount and read,write,execute drive_name

Potential Solution

  1. edit /etc/fstab add line: /dev/abc /media/drive_name ext4 group 0 2
  2. create group: sudo groupadd group_name
  3. add users to group: sudo adduser user1 group_name
  4. mount point owned by group: sudo chgrp /media/drive_name group_name


  1. Is this the correct, secure way of solving the problem?

Thank you :)

  • did you tried it?
    – Braiam
    Aug 8, 2014 at 20:04
  • better way you can create a sudo user instead of this. if so you can define only which service the particular sudo user can do. Aug 9, 2014 at 4:05
  • I think using automount will do most of what you want. Set it to mount /dev/abc on /media/group_name_private/drive_name, where /media/group_name_private is user root, group group_name, and mode 750. automount doesn't offer a way to immediately unmount, though; you just have to have everyone stop using the filesystem for a minute or two (configurable) and automount will then unmount it. Aug 15, 2014 at 0:40
  • You got the arguments in the wrong order on line 4: it should be "chgrp group_name path", not "chgrp path group_name". Sep 10, 2014 at 18:32

1 Answer 1


Unfortunately not. From man mount:

the user must be member of the group of the special file.

Note that it says special file and not mount point. If you run ls -l against your partitions you'll note that the group owner is disk.

Therefore, make user1 a member of the disk group and he/she will be able to mount the partition as long as the group option is in the partition's /etc/fstab line.

Similarly, make user a member of the cdrom group and he/she will be able to mount the cdrom after you ensure that group is in the cdrom's /etc/fstab entry.

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