Subject: bin/6276: newfs(8) needs uid option
To: None <>
From: Charles M. Hannum <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 10/12/1998 08:35:34
>Number:         6276
>Category:       bin
>Synopsis:       newfs(8) needs uid option
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    bin-bug-people (Utility Bug People)
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Mon Oct 12 05:50:01 1998
>Originator:     Charles M. Hannum
	Internetwork Hacker
>Release:        all to date
	all to date

	It's nice that I can newfs(8) and mount(8) a file system without
	being root.  However, it does me little good if newfs(8) makes
	the root directory owned by root, rather than my non-root uid,
	because I can't modify the file system once it's mounted.
	newfs(8) should have an option to set the owner (and perhaps
	group) of the root directory it creates -- perhaps even using
	the invoking user's credentials by default.

	Try to build a boot floppy without being root.

	None provided.