Writing to the windows files system

John john_82 at tiscali.co.uk
Wed Nov 10 07:08:37 GMT 2004

I love the quote at the end of your mail!  Much of the "technology" is a lot 
more trouble than it is worth too.
I have only ever used the ntfs file suport for writing new files to my 2k and 
later XP windows system and it has never caused any problems at all. 
Modifying existing files would be of no use to me what so ever. I generally 
use linux for everything that matters. The distro I use is a very early suse 
9.0 which includes kernel 2.4.21. This only ceases to write to the ntfs 
system following updates. I use windows for my ipaq, certain avi's and a 
number of windows programs that do not have adequate linux equivalents. As 
all my net access and emails are handled by kde I have to transfer some files 
to the windoze system. I initially used fat for this but found that I could 
also write to the ntfs system. I will however heed your warning and leave a 
larger fat partition when I rebuild my system. Allthough just how I am going 
to do that with my current k3b problems I do not know. I still await any 
responces on that. It looks like updates have been issued which prevent cd 
and dvd writing.


On Wednesday 10 November 2004 16:14, daniel wrote:
> On September 15, 2004 02:18 am, canllaith wrote:
> > As of the 2.6 kernel the NTFS write support is no longer considered
> > experimental and therefore reasonably safe. That said I can't personally
> > vouch for it's stability.
> write support for ntfs, while supported in 2.6 is NOT fully supported.  if
> you read the documentation, you'll note that writing to ntfs is limited to
> overwriting existing files, and even then, you may only edit the file while
> not changing the file file size:
> This enables the partial, but safe, write support in the NTFS driver. The
> only supported operation is overwriting existing files, without changing
> the file length.  No file or directory creation, deletion or renaming is
> possible. Note only non-resident files can be written to so you may find
> that some very small files (<500 bytes or so) cannot be written to.  While
> we cannot guarantee that it will not damage any data, we have so far not
> received a single report where the driver would have damaged someones data
> so we assume it is perfectly safe to use.
> Note:  While write support is safe in this version (a rewrite from scratch
> of the NTFS support), it should be noted that the old NTFS write support,
> is not safe.
> This is currently useful with TopologiLinux.  TopologiLinux is run on top
> of any DOS/Microsoft Windows system without partitioning your hard disk. 
> Unlike other Linux distributions TopologiLinux does not need its own
> partition.  For more information see
> <http://topologi-linux.sourceforge.net/>
> It is perfectly safe to say N here.
the idea that bill gates has appeared like a knight in shining armour to lead 
all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact 
that it was he who, by peddling second-rate technology, led them into it in 
the first place.
 - douglas adams

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