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Old 09-07-2004, 02:22 AM   #1
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Unpacking files=Cannot mkdir: Read-only file system


Im have a susex installation and Im a total newbie. I have also a windows installation on my hard disk. In windows mode I have downloaded a few programs that I would like to use with my linux. They have the file endings *.tar or *.tar.tar or *tar.gz

So they shoud unpacked, i go in shell command and type:

tar -xvzf *.tar.gz

for every program I get the same error message:

Cannot mkdir: No such file or directory
Cannot mkdir: Read-only file system

prineted over and over together with different filenames...

I have a NTSF windows file system, maybe linux cant use that?

looking forward for any help:-)

maybe I can start up the programs with out the shell, or there is a more user friendly shell interface?

All the best!

Old 09-07-2004, 02:40 AM   #2
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From what I have read, writing to a NTFS file system support is still experimental. I believe that you can write to NTFS but don't be surprised if it doesn't work. I'm not sure how to do this you would probably need to re-compile your kernel or load extra modules into your kenel. I'm still a noob, so if anyone has suggestion/comments on how to do this?, and how good is the write access for NTFS?
Old 09-07-2004, 03:24 AM   #3
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Thank you Tim,

yes I also tried to save my error loggs in to a txt file to bring back to windows and to seach the internet. But also this I could not save on my hard disk. But then I tried with a floppy and it went allright.


The strange thing is that the installaton ran totally without any problems on the NTSF file system....

looking forward for some help....
Old 09-07-2004, 07:45 PM   #4
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You should check out this site:

Captive: NTFS read/write filesystem

I havn't tried it but there are some threads in theforums about this.

Here are some workarounds:
(ext2/ext3 file system support for windows so that you can transfer files back)

Hope it helps

P.S Tell me how you go...

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Old 09-07-2004, 09:04 PM   #5
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You could do tar xzvf file.tar.gz -C /path/to/a/directory/on/your/linux/system
copy the archive to your linux system and extract it there
Old 09-08-2004, 03:23 AM   #6
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You should always put a FAT32 partition on your hard disk as well as NTFS. (Just to let u know, it is not NTSF, it stands for New Technology File System). Linux can write to a FAT32 partition perfectly.


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