I just mounted my Apple Time Capsule to my pi, but for some reason I cannot change, add, or remove any content from the directory.

I have tried changing permissions from my username and from root but am having no luck, nothing changes.

The directory is /home/ddrossi93/TimeCapsule and the Owner and Group are both set to ddrossi93 (I have a group named this as well). Permissions are anyone can view and access, but only the owner can change content. I am 99% sure I am logged in as ddrossi93, the owner.

The folder within the directory /home/ddrossi93/TimeCapsule/Downloads has a different owner and group.

the owner and group are both root. Anyone can view and access, but only the owner can change content.

I have tried the following lines in terminal, but nothing has changed.

sudo chmod -R ugo+rw /home/ddrossi93/TimeCapsule
sudo chmod -R ugo+rw /home/ddrossi93/TimeCapsule/Downloads
sudo chown -R ddrossi93 /home/ddrossi93/TimeCapsule
sudo chown -R ddrossi93 /home/ddrossi93/TimeCapsule/Downloads

I ran all these commands from both ddrossi93@raspberrypi and root@raspberrypi, neither have changed a thing.

  • How does the mount command looks like? Just to be sure for ownership is correctly to ddrossi93 run sudo chown ddrossi93:ddrossi93 /home/ddrossi93/TimeCapsule. If done try to create, edit and delete a file in /home/ddrossi93/TimeCapsule/Downloads localy on the Pi. When i remember correctly, there are different methods to run the Pi as a Time Capsule. Can you provide some more information what you installed and configured? Jul 17, 2016 at 5:33
  • @JoePlatano sudo mount.cifs "// Capsule/" /home/ddrossi93/TimeCapsure -o username=username,password=password,sec=ntlm
    – ddrossi93
    Jul 17, 2016 at 5:38
  • @JoePlatano tried adding a folder to /home/ddrossi93/TimeCapsule/Downloads and permission wad denied
    – ddrossi93
    Jul 17, 2016 at 5:42
  • @JoePlatano I have not installed or configured anything else related to this
    – ddrossi93
    Jul 17, 2016 at 5:42
  • can you create files or folders when you logged in to your raspberry (by ssh or directly with keyboard and monitor? for mounting your time capsule try this : sudo echo "// /home/ddrossi93/TimeCapsule cifs user=ddrossi93,pass=ddrossi93Password,rw,uid=1000,iocharset=utf8,sec=ntlm 0 0" >> /etc/fstab then run sudo mount -a Jul 17, 2016 at 5:58

1 Answer 1


after much research I found my answer.

I unmounted what I had and started from scratch.

I then remounted using this line in the terminal logged in as the user ddrossi93:

sudo mount.cifs "// Capsule/Downloads" /home/ddrossi93/TimeCapsule -o username={username},password={password},sec=ntlm,forceuid,forcegid,uid=ddrossi93,gid=ddrossi93,rw

I hope this helps someone in the future so they don't have to go through hours of trying to figure it out.

Thanks to Joe Platano for giving suggestions.

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