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Cross-platform filesystem access

by on Nov.21, 2006, under How To ..., Linux, Software

Looks like the ntfs-3g driver has already gained a lot of popularity and is quite easy to use:

NTFS-3G Read/Write Driver

The driver itself is supposedly available from the Fedora Extras repository for FC6 onwards. Completely safe read/write access to NTFS drives from Linux — now that’s a dream come true!

In the meanwhile, it looks like there’s also a windows Ext2 file-system driver that allows full read/write access to Ext2/3 volumes:

Ext2 Installable File System For Windows

Of course, one of the drawbacks here is that the Ext3 volume is mounted as Ext2 — so there is no journaling support. In case of a ‘dirty’ unmount e2fsck will have to be run. The other drawback is the fact that is won’t work with LVM.

So, these drivers really open up a lot of choices. But I guess the best option is to have the shared drive as NTFS since the ntfs-3g driver takes care of journaling.

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Finally, NTFS write support!

by on Jul.16, 2006, under Linux

Slashdot ran a story yesterday about the new fully open source NTFS driver that has full read and write support for NTFS volumes. Although still in BETA phase it looks really promising. Too bad it doesn’t work on 64-bit systems yet. I’m definitely keeping my eyes peeled for this one ..

More details and download links here:

[announcement] ntfs-3g: open source read-write driver

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