[ale] ntfs only accessible by root

James P. Kinney III jkinney at localnetsolutions.com
Thu Aug 25 21:36:28 EDT 2005

On Thu, 2005-08-25 at 20:33 -0400, Geoffrey wrote:
> Philip Polstra wrote:
> > I've tried to chmod them, but it just complains that it is a read only
> > file system.  I'm sure it is something simple that I'm missing.
> You don't want to write to an ntfs filesystem from Linux.
> The directory perms have nothing to do with it.  Check the mounting 
> perms.  If it's not listed in /etc/fstab, then add it.
> Again, you don't want to write to an nfts fs from Linux.  Unless you 
> don't want to use it anymore as an ntfs filesystem.

There are some tools to let you write to an ntfs filesystem, but they
are all rather experimental and come with warnings that say "DON'T USE
THIS" all over the documentation. ntfs is very much a product of
Microsoft and they guard it very closely. They have to. If Linux can
ever be able to do successful read/writes to ntfs filesystems that
Windows is still able to use with its "security model", A. the security
model is totally blown and B. Samba will totally kick M$ in the balls.

In short, there are some ntfs tools, but they must be compiled into a
kernel module and loaded in order to be used at all. If the ntfs system
uses the crypto fileset, you will ruin the filesystem if you write
anything to the drive.
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