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Old 11-16-2005, 05:56 AM   #1
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2.6.14 FUSE and NTFS in Kernel

So I just did an update and forgot to unckeck the kernel and it upgraded me to 2.6.14 automagically. On reboot NTFS support was broken, as it is by default in all stock Fedora kernels (unlike Mandriva and SuSE I might add.) So I figure I have to get a recompiled hack from a livna repository (or roll my own) when I stumble across this comment from Linus about 2.6.14: "on the filesystem level, FUSE got merged, and ntfs and xfs got updated.

Now, it's my understanding FUSE does NTFS without needing to recompile the kernel every time I upgrade. I'm just not really sure how it works. Obviously the standard fstab mount stuff doesn't since I can't read my NTFS partition, but there might be some new FUSE specific commands/syntax I'm not aware of.

Anyway, I guess my questions are:
1) Does FUSE replace the old method of mounting/accessing NTFS partitions?
2) Is it true I no longer need a custom/recompiled FC4 kernel to support NTFS?
3) How do I use FUSE? Link to a good FAQ would help a lot.

TIA for any clues... in the mean time I'll keep googling and reading and see if I can figure it out on my own. Haven't found anything FC4 specific on the topic yet, unfortunately.
Old 11-16-2005, 06:33 AM   #2
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Using FUSE and ntfsmount you can do things to an NTFS volume that the NTFS kernel driver can not (yet) do. The
documentation page says quite a couple of times: "works most of the time" but that does not mean it will corrupt your NTFS data.

I suggest you read the above docs and decide for yourself if you want FUSE/ntfsmount or the standard kernel module.

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I have no ntfsmount command on FC4. But the faq at was very helpful in verifying what I already suspected, to quote them directly:

6.1 Which distributions support NTFS out of the box?

The Linux Distributions that are known to support NTFS are: Mandrake, Debian, SuSE, Gentoo, Lindows and Caldera

In fact, the pattern is, that if the name isnít RedHat, then they will support NTFS.
Old 11-16-2005, 08:20 AM   #4
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RPMs for FC4 (with the latest 2.6.14 kernel) are here BTW:

I'm still a little confused about what FUSE is though. I thought it was different than the kernel module, which is what above RPMs are for I guess. Anyway, I just need to read from the partition and don't really care how.


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