"i know it exists because when i go to kernel control in the KDE control center, it says HFS+ under file systems, with a red X next to it. if i change the X to a green check, it says i need to run "make symlink dep" i run it and it says that "symlink" has no target
what does this mean?"
I don't know what it means because my KDE control center does not have a kernel control section. I looked for HFS+ on my system with this command:
find /lib -iname "*hfs*"
and to my surprise I have both HFS and HFS+ support installed:
So I suggest that you use the find command to check to see if you have HFS+ support installed.
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