Removing files on USB thumb drive originally written by Mac

❯ garuda-inxi                                                                                                                                                                                                 526.6 Mbps  ─╯
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  Device-2: Logitech BRIO Ultra HD Webcam type: USB
    driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid,uvcvideo bus-ID: 2-1:2
    chip-ID: 046d:085e class-ID: 0300 serial: <filter>
  Device-3: Elgato Systems Cam Link 4K type: USB
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    chip-ID: 0fd9:0066 class-ID: 0102 serial: <filter>
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    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 21:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:10f9
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  Device-2: AMD Starship/Matisse HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
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  Device-3: Logitech BRIO Ultra HD Webcam type: USB
    driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid,uvcvideo bus-ID: 2-1:2
    chip-ID: 046d:085e class-ID: 0300 serial: <filter>
  Device-4: Elgato Systems Cam Link 4K type: USB
    driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid,uvcvideo bus-ID: 2-2:3
    chip-ID: 0fd9:0066 class-ID: 0102 serial: <filter>
  Device-5: Audio-Technica ATR2100x-USB Microphone type: USB
    driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 5-1:2 chip-ID: 0909:004d
    class-ID: 0300
  Device-6: C-Media Vanatoo T0 type: USB
    driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 7-2:3 chip-ID: 0d8c:0012
    class-ID: 0300
  Device-7: Giga-Byte USB Audio type: USB
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Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 2.72 TiB used: 452.46 GiB (16.2%)
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Samsung
    model: SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
    logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter>
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    rev: 2B2QEXM7 temp: 54.9 C scheme: GPT
  ID-3: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 type: USB vendor: Patriot model: N/A
    size: 922.5 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B type: N/A
    serial: <filter> rev: PMAP scheme: MBR
  SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw-size: 931.22 GiB size: 931.22 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 419.08 GiB (45.0%) fs: btrfs block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/nvme1n1p2
    maj-min: 259:6
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%)
    used: 560 KiB (0.2%) fs: vfat block-size: 512 B dev: /dev/nvme1n1p1
    maj-min: 259:5
  ID-3: /home raw-size: 931.22 GiB size: 931.22 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 419.08 GiB (45.0%) fs: btrfs block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/nvme1n1p2
    maj-min: 259:6
  ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 931.22 GiB size: 931.22 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 419.08 GiB (45.0%) fs: btrfs block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/nvme1n1p2
    maj-min: 259:6
  ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 931.22 GiB size: 931.22 GiB (100.00%)
    used: 419.08 GiB (45.0%) fs: btrfs block-size: 4096 B dev: /dev/nvme1n1p2
    maj-min: 259:6
Swap:
  Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 62.73 GiB used: 4 MiB (0.0%) priority: 100
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Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 16.8 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 58 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 6%
Info:
  Processes: 847 Uptime: 12m wakeups: 0 Memory: 62.73 GiB
  used: 10.69 GiB (17.0%) Init: systemd v: 250 tool: systemctl Compilers:
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  Shell: Zsh v: 5.8 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.12
Garuda:
  System install date:     2020-12-25
  Last full system update: 2022-01-27
  Is partially upgraded:   No
  Using TLP:               No
  Windows dual boot:       No/Undetected
  Snapshots:               Timeshift

Hi-

I have a USB thumb drive with a large number of files in various formats. The files were added from my MacBook. When I plug the drive into my garuda box, I can view the files but I cannot write to the drive nor can I delete files from the drive.

The drive is owned by root/root

I have added my user account to wheel, users, storage, and disk. I have the ntfs-3g package installed as well.

The drive mounts as (according to Dolphin) /dev/sda1 and shows as hfsplus filesystem.

I've tried sudo chmod 777 /dev/sda1 to no effect.

How can I mount the drive, as a normal user, and be able to write to it?

Thank you!

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You really should avoid doing that.

There are 2 packages you can try adding. I am not sure how old this mac is:

https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/hfsprogs/

There is another one is for classic mac.

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You could just copy your files from it then reformat it to a none apple format :grinning:

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Thank you. It's a newer Mac. I installed that package and rebooted, but the files on the drive are still read only.

Yes, I'm hoping that's an option of last resort and that I can find the 'magic' to edit them on the drive as is.

You might need to actually elevate to root to get write access. Try sudo -i and then give it a shot.

Thanks. When I do that, I still can't delete any files. I get the following error as an example:

rm: cannot remove 'Fliqlo 1.8.3.dmg': Read-only file system

According to this guy, your hail mary is going to be to disable HFS+ journaling:

sudo diskutil disableJournal "/Volumes/nameofdisk"

Look at the Arch wiki here:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Mac#HFS+_Partitions

HFS+ partitions are mounted read only because HFS+ is not fully supported in Linux. Before doing anything, please back up the contents of the flash drive.

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