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Old 07-01-2006, 05:06 PM   #1
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Seeing Windows Files in Linux and vice versa

I was reading some of the posts today and one thing interested me: the ability to see Windows files from Linux and vice versa. My question is, is there a use for this capability? And also, during my setup of Suse 10.1, it mounted (I'm not even sure what this is) in 3 places, one of which was . . . Windows/c. My further question is would I have that capability now, (without having to do a lot of stuff in Linux)? I read that a person had to alter the /etc/fstab/ file and do some other stuff and then had trouble booting. I'm new to Linux and not savvy in its ways.

Also, is there a way to make a key repeat? For example, in Windows I just hold down the backspace key and it will go on erasing whatever is in front of it until it hits the wall but in Linux I have to push down the backspace key once for each character. Is there a way to make it continuous?

Old 07-01-2006, 05:45 PM   #2
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Hi royeo,
It depends on which FS your windows files are stored with. It is likely to be NTFS. Currently in Linux there is read-only support for these partitions - but this means you can read them.

Going the other way, tools definately exist for reading Ext2 partitions from windows, and may also be present for reiserfs. Google for them - but read their docs carefully. The last thing you want is to hose either set of files.

You could have an intermediate drive setup using FAT32, or use COlinux and a minimal linux install with Samba support for windows read/write access to the linux partitions.

As you observed, you may already have access to the windows drive. Look under /media.

As for the key repeat, I have not observed this being a problem before. My backspace key does auto-repeat. What application did you see this behaviour in?

Old 07-01-2006, 05:50 PM   #3
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Its quite common for Linux to be able to see windows disks, Suse Installer has probably set this up for you so that you can copy files from windows into linux. If its an NTFS disk writing is probably disabled as its unsafe, but you can write to FAT32 files. Windows seeing linux disks requires a lot more work.

If its not setup for you ( like the Suse installer has done for you ). Then editing the fstab file is the way you would set it up for yourself.

What use is it? Well very useful, I require Windows for work As I'm a web developer and they insist on ASP.NET
( C# is a pain, I can't believe people what this '@"x on Linux ), but I like listening to my music on both Linux and Windows. So I have a sepearte FAT32 partition, with all my music on, Now when I'm in Windows I can listen to all my Music with WinAMP, and I can Listen to it with Amarok in Linux.


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