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XSquire 08-07-2005 03:31 PM

How To Add Ntfs Support
 
I have just installed Debian and I need to access the windows partitions.

I installed "ntfsprogs" and its dependencies, but it still doesn't recognize NTFS, therefore I have no mount options. Do I need to recompile the kernel??? If so, how? Debian includes the Synaptic Package Manager, would simply reinstalling the kernel be enough????

If I'm wrong, then How do I enable NTFS Support in Debian???

makuyl 08-07-2005 03:47 PM

AFAIK you should be able to mount an ntfs partition even without ntfsprogs.
See if ntfs support is in the kernel: gunzip < /proc/config.gz |grep NTFS
or: grep NTFS /usr/src/linux/.config
or: grep NTFS /boot/config-some_version
If it says CONFIG_NTFS_FS=m it's a module and can be loaded with: modprobe ntfs
for a more permanent loading use modconf.
How are you trying to mount anyway?

demian 08-07-2005 04:25 PM

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Originally posted by makuyl
gunzip < /proc/config.gz |grep NTFS

a bit off topic here but did you know there's zgrep?

zgrep whatever zipped.file.gz

also zless, zmore. zcat, zdiff and zcmp

All part of the gzip packages. Neat, eh?

XSquire 08-07-2005 04:25 PM

I haven't tried to mount anything yet, cause I can't find any NTFS support installed in the kernel to begin with :S, just tried to look for support using grep and still can't find it. As far as I have figured out I dont have support for NTFS installed in the kernel. I used cat /proc/filesystems and it lists all the fs supported and NTFS isn't on there :S

XSquire 08-07-2005 04:28 PM

What happens if I re-install my kernel using synaptic??? Do I screw it up??

demian 08-07-2005 04:34 PM

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Originally posted by XSquire
What happens if I re-install my kernel using synaptic??? Do I screw it up??
Did you try modprobe ntfs? If it comes back with module not found your kernel lacks ntfs support. Then (and only then) you will have to get a new kernel. Either build it yourself or use the pre-built kernel images that are available through apt (or synaptic). As far as I know all pre-built kernels come with the ntfs module.

XSquire 08-07-2005 04:42 PM

Yes I tried modprobe ntfs and nothing happend, I'm guessing that might mean that when I installed the system it came pre-compiled...so what should I do next to try to mount one of the partitions?

demian 08-07-2005 04:54 PM

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Originally posted by XSquire
so what should I do next to try to mount one of the partitions?
sounds like a great plan

XSquire 08-07-2005 04:59 PM

Yes, great idea. The thing is, how??

demian 08-07-2005 05:10 PM

mount -t ntfs /dev/hdXn /mount/point

The -t ntfs might not even be necessary. Maybe it's determined automagically. /dev/hdXn needs to be adjusted to suit your needs (hda1: first partition on primary master,....).

Might be worth putting an entry in /etc/fstab if you constantly mount this device. see man fstab and man mount

makuyl 08-07-2005 05:11 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by demian
a bit off topic here but did you know there's zgrep?

zgrep whatever zipped.file.gz
All part of the gzip packages. Neat, eh?

Heh, that is neat. Now that you mentioned it, I do remember it but habits die hard. Will probably change this one though, so thanks.

XSquire 08-07-2005 05:18 PM

Thx I got it working, still dont see anything anywhere that says the kernel has ntfs support, but I still got it thought.

Matty-J 10-04-2005 05:48 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by demian
mount -t ntfs /dev/hdXn /mount/point

The -t ntfs might not even be necessary. Maybe it's determined automagically. /dev/hdXn needs to be adjusted to suit your needs (hda1: first partition on primary master,....).

Might be worth putting an entry in /etc/fstab if you constantly mount this device. see man fstab and man mount

Hi,

I'm running into some problems as well. I did a cat /proc/filesystems and ntfs was listed. I also did a modprobe ntfs with no errors.

My problem arises when I try to do the actual mounting. If I do mount /dev/hda1 mount/windows it says that mount point mount/windows does not exist.

If i just try mount /dev/hda1 can't find /dev/hda1 in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab.

I'm very new, especially to Debian, so I appologize if I'm just missing something. Any help would be great.

Thanks,
Matt

makuyl 10-05-2005 06:28 AM

It's usually /mnt/windows and not mount/windows , observe the missing / as well.
If the dir doesn't exist: mkdir /mnt/windows

Matty-J 10-05-2005 04:51 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by makuyl
It's usually /mnt/windows and not mount/windows , observe the missing / as well.
If the dir doesn't exist: mkdir /mnt/windows

Man, I feel dumb now. I got 'er to mount now, but how do I set permissions so that all users can access it, but not write? Currently only the owner (root) can access the drive.

Edit: I found notice I could use mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/window -o
and then enter either uid, gid, umask but I'm not sure what I'd put there.

Thanks,
Matt


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