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Re: 1.7.7 on Windows 7: can't write to removable disk

On Jan 11 15:55, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> On Jan 11 15:51, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> > On Jan 10 10:40, wrote:
> > > Hello.
> > > I'm trying to write a disk image to a compact flash card with dd, but I
> > > get the error:
> > > "dd: writing to /dev/sdj: Permission denied"
> > > 
> > > Apart from the CF-card, I also tried a USB-stick with the same results.
> > > I'm logged in as administrator.
> > 
> > Please have a look into first.
> > 
> > [...listening "De-Loused In The Comatorium" while waiting...]
> > 
> > Finished reading?  Ok.
> > 
> > That's quite a serious restriction starting with Vista.  If I destroy the
> > filesystem on one of my sd cards under Linux, I can then overwrite it
> > with dd under Cygwin.  However, if that dd call created a valid
> > filesystem on the sd card, the next write fails again.  For some reason
> > it does not help to unmount the filesystem on the drive via the "Disk
> > Management" MMC snap-in, despite the claim in the aforementioned
> > article.
> > 
> > The solution I just checked in to Cygwin is rather complicated, but
> > I really tested this a couple of hours now, and I didn't find any
> > other solution.
> I forgot the disclaimer:
>   Please test the next developer snapshot from

Update:  I checked in a revised version of the patch.
The code from yesterday tried to lock all partitions at open() time at
once, which is hardly minimal-invasive.  It would even try to lock all
partitions if you just overwrite the boot sector.
With the new code, a partition lock is only triggered on-demand.  As
soon as a write() call fails with "Access denied", it searches the
partition table for a partition which overlaps with the current write
position and then tries to lock only that partition.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Project Co-Leader          cygwin AT cygwin DOT com
Red Hat

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