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Old 12-07-2005, 10:53 AM   #1
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Using open office from Linux on Windows partition files

I have reviewed the threads associated with Open Windows, but did not find anything related to the specific aspect of what I would like to do.

I use OpenWindows because it allows me to use both a windows and linux OS. Issues associated with formating, ect. is not a big issue for me. But what is an issue is being able to edit the files I have on my windows partition from the Linux partition. Unfortunatly I created a lot of OpenOffice documents under Windows, for various reasons (OS at work, etc).

I can read the files on the Windows partition while operating Openoffice from the Linux partion thus mount is ok, But I can not edit and store on the windows partition. I am fairly sure this is not an OpenOffice issue and would appreciate if someone can tell me how to properly mount the partition or what I need to do so I can write to the "read-only" files that I get from the windows partition.

FYI, if I exit Linux and go to windows, I can edit those files under windows. But since it is a windows partition on my drive, I can not use Linux to change the "read-only" format (????)


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Old 12-07-2005, 11:27 AM   #2
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What format is the Win partition?

From your post, it sounds like your Windows partition is NTSF. Generally, Linux distros cannot write to NTSF partitions, but can read from them which is what your case sounds like. Linux is capable of reading and writing to Fat32 partitions. A possible fix is to partition a portion of your harddrive as Fat32 and use that as a "common area" for both OSs.
The Linux-NTFS project is working on this issue. This site also discusses how to mount different drives.


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