ntfs-3g - mount defaults
dmutters at gmail.com
Fri Jul 2 03:34:25 BST 2010
I'm glad you brought this up, Milan. I have been dealing with
annoyances from this issue for several years now. (More reply text is
On Wed, 2010-06-30 at 01:28 +0200, Milan Niznansky wrote:
> Hi all,
> presently, default mount options for ntfs-3g are:
> ... gid=46,umask=007 ...
> This has (common user) usability consequences:
> 1) it disables "silent" option
> 2) it activates "default_permissions" option
> See http://www.tuxera.com/community/ntfs-3g-manual/
> When a user attempts to copy files from ext filesystem to NTFS mounted
> with this option, he is very likely to be greeted with a huge ammount of
> ntfs-3g error messages as the "silent" behavior is suppressed.
> When user then searches for the problem, most solutions navigate him to
> create and configure .NTFS-3G/UserMapper.
> Getting that file right is several levels beyond getting /etc/fstab
> right manually for a casual user...
> I would suggest both gid and umask options be removed for desktop
I believe that this would be preferable to the current options, both for
the reasons mentioned, and also because on a typical Desktop system (at
least in my experience), having to deal with permissions on NTFS
filesystems from Linux is really a pain at times, and seems entirely
>From the tuxera.com link above:
"By default, files and directories are owned by the effective user and
group of the mounting process and everybody has full read, write,
execution and directory browsing permissions. You can also assign
permissions to a single user by using the uid and/or the gid options
together with the umask, or fmask and dmask options.
Doing so, Windows users have full access to the files created by
It seems that this would make sharing and dual booting less of a hassle.
> User mapping is of limited use for basic dual-boot filesharing and
> requires extensive maintenance for correct operation.
> Also, the preferred way to create UserMapper is from within Windows
> which is by no means intuitive.
> Hopefully, I am not duplicating this.
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