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Old 07-12-2006, 06:51 PM   #1
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NTFS write support (in the kernel)....

Hello everyone, just joined this forum. Would I be right in thinking that the latest kernel release (2.6.17) has no NTFS write support? I have tried out several recent distributions (SLAX, Mandriva, Puppy) with 2.6.x kernels and they have provided "patchy" write support through user space modules like captive-NTFS. I am asking this because I am considering writing a kernel patch to add read-write NTFS support.

I think it would help to attract Windows users to Linux if they could easily use their NTFS partitions as normal with Live CD distros. When I first tried out Linux (SLAX), I found it frustrating to have to mess around with fiddly user space modules just to save things. Also, does anyone know what kind of people one needs to talk to if they want to submit a contribution to the kernel? I looked on but couldn't find any answers. Any help would be appriciated. Thanks.

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If I understand correctly, the kernel has limited NTFS write support that you can compile in. It is basically limited to overwriting existing files with exact duplicates. You can't create or modify files or directories. It seems to be only for the purpose of restoring a file that has been corrupted. I could be much mistaken though...
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Write support is available, but has to be enabled.
See here for the current status. Have a look around the homepage, and the wiki.

I'm sure they'd accept an offer of assistance as a (nother) developer ...
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Thanks guys, that * pointed me in the right direction. Guess I'll need to do some reading about NTFS then .




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