Not allowed to create link on mounted FAT32 partition

William M. Quarles walrus at
Sun Jul 11 03:30:44 UTC 2004

Let me further clarify (or muddy up) that.  Symbolic links are an ext2 
filesystem feature.  You can make a symbolic link that exists on an 
ext2fs partition that connects to any other file system, regardless of 
type.  If you have another file system that supports symbolic links, the 
same would hold.  I have several symbolic links on my ext3 partition 
that connect to directories on my FAT partition.  But like Brian said, 
you cannot make a symbolic link on a FAT filesystem, regardless of what 
link points to.

Brian Richardson wrote:
> Because FAT32 partitions don't support symbolic links.
> On 10-Jul-04, at 3:20 PM, Per-Olof Litby - Reg'l Mgr Nordic/Baltic - 
> Java System Software - Sun Microsystems wrote:
>> Greetings,
>> I have a FAT32 partition mounted as /mnt/windows/D as per the below 
>> fstab statement:
>> /dev/hdd1               /mnt/windows/D          vfat 
>> users,owner,rw,umask=000 0 0
>> It's mounted at startup.
>> This mount allows ordinary users to read and write to the partition. 
>> But I've run into a problem when trying to make a link to a folder  
>> (right click in Nautilus and select "make link") - then I get an error 
>> message "Operation not permitted while creating a link..."
>> This problem also manifests itself when I run Azureus (Bittorrent 
>> client) - it tries to allocate space on the volume before starting 
>> download of a file and fails with the same "operation not permitted" 
>> message.
>> Why am I allowed to write to the partition but not create a link?
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