Linux drive permissions weirdness is making setting up a Plex server way harder than it needs to be.

I just want it on my Pi 4!!!!!! Why can't I see what's inside my external drive that Raspian can clearly mount!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!!!

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Like, the drive is mounted. It's a format Raspbian knows and can read. Plex has the same user as the system so it should have permission to go inside the driver's folder structure. AND YET IT CAN'T.

you might have to use fstab to mount the drive, and recursively chown the mount location to the user:group that the plexmediaserver service runs as (usually plex:plex). that won't work on a FAT32, EXFAT, or NTFS formatted drive, though. only natively supported filesystems like EXT4 and btrfs.

@FrankTheCat I did some version of this thanks to instructions on the Plex support pages (it's an exfat drive) but it was way more than I expected, and required some trial-and-error. Getting the web interface up and running is a snap...why isn't drive management?? It's 2019 for pete's sake!!

@bnys exfat support under linux is weird, and I think that still uses FUSE instead of a kernel module, which is probably where your permission issues is coming from. you might be better off formatting the drive as EXT4 and copying over files using SSH and SCP...

@FrankTheCat yeah that's not a bad idea but my library is p. big and I just wanted to run a quick test to see how the Pi would perform without waiting for files to transfer.

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