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  1. #1
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    Default My BC 4.2.3 32 bits always see files and folders as read only on my usb stick

    ... although I can modify files on it, but only before BC has been launched. As soon as BC access it for diffing, and even after having closed BC, files are ro on usb key and no file change is possible.
    I am running Debian Jessie 8.9.
    I didn't find a solution neither on this forum nor in the KB

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    I have found BC is very 'particular' with file permissions, and that is good. For example, it may issue a message that a compare fails and (for me) it is usually file permissions. Often I have to run BC as 'sudo' as per ..

    Code:
    sudo bcompare
    in a terminal window.

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    If using "sudo bcompare" to run BC as root doesn't fix the problem, what file system are you using on the USB key (Fat32, NTFS, Ext3, etc)?
    Chris K Scooter Software

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    If using "sudo bcompare" to run BC as root doesn't fix the problem
    Yes it does fix the problem for me. My reply wasn't so much for USB devices, but I often find copies and compares don't work when (for example) I have a external drive and comparing against the paths on the hard drive. By running BC4 as sudo, the problem is solved. Therefore, it is not a "type" of file system isuue, it is a permissions issue.

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    For me, "sudo bcompare" doesn't solve my issue and the behaviour remains unchanged : all files and folders on usb key side are tagged "(r)" and can't be touched.
    USB key is FAT32.

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    + it is working fine with WinMerge !;-) (in the same conditions, of course : same usb key, same directories)

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    Hello,

    Would it be possible to get a set of before and after screenshots showing the device directory in the file explorer, and in BC4? I set up a test vm of Debian 8.9 32bit, and installed 32bit BC4.2.4, but don't see this behavior when accessing a fat32 usb device. The items are editable and not read only.

    Update: you can post, or email us at support@scootersoftware.com (along with a link back to this forum thread for our reference).
    Last edited by Aaron; 05-Dec-2017 at 02:40 PM. Reason: Update
    Aaron P Scooter Software

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    It a pity because I successfully used Beyond Compare (trial version) in the exact same conditions during months and professiionnally for years and I have just decided to buy it personnally because I am used to it and Winmerge and Kdiff3 aren't as good as BC...

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    That it is working on my machine and your previous machines, I believe we can get this working. I don't think it's a general issue with the OS and BC4 combination, but something specific to how you originally installed it, or some other factor that is causing the problem.
    Aaron P Scooter Software

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    Yes, you are probably right.
    How would you like to proceed to reach a solution ?

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