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Project: THT - Ubuntu 6.06 LTS - NTFS 3G.

Adding NTFS support to my Ubuntu 6.06 LTS operating system:
By Vincent Angus Williams - scribe63

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As the Chinese proverb says :
"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. But involve me and I'll understand."

Intro Install Config Usage Conclusion

A menu label and icon for the ntfs-config application was located in for > Applications > System Tools > NTFS Configuration Tool.
To see a little bit more verbose messages, to easily continue with the automatic set up, i did;
$gksu ntfs-config
To my surprise, the ntfs "/dev/sda1" partition was detected and configured, the application also suggested a mount point using the label of the disk "/media/VID-00" The instructions on the dialog were to;
- select the partitions you want to configure
- add a name for the mount point
- Click on apply
Since i agreed the with the detected information i checked the "Add" check box for the partition and mount point and Clicked Apply.
I was then presented with the option of enabling write support for an internal and or external device.
I went along with the already checked option for an internal device, at this point i have no external ntfs devices, so i left that option unchecked and clicked ok.

That was the end of the dialog prompts.

NTFS-3G Config NTFS-3G Config
I then checked "/etc/fstab" to see what was entered, and all the needed parameters were there. My only concern is that i did not want this partition to be automatically mounted upon boot up, so i changed the mount options which included all of the "defaults" parameters except for the mount options "auto,nouser", like so;
# Added 2007-02-12
# Original
#/dev/sda1 /media/VID-00 ntfs-3g defaults,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0
# Changed
/dev/sda1 /media/VID-00 ntfs-3g rw,suid,dev,exec,noauto,user,async,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0
NTFS-3G Config NTFS-3G Config
Manual Configuration :

When all is install correctly, we need to configure the NTFS partition to be mount by ntfs-3g. External device are automatically configure when plug, so you don't need to do this part for them. To know first the name of your NTFS partition, type in a terminal:

sudo fdisk -l | grep NTFS
you will see in the first colone, the name of your NTFS partition(s).
Now you need to configure them in /etc/fstab. We will also make a backup of this file. In a terminal, type:
sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.bak
gksu gedit /etc/fstab
locate the line of your NTFS partition. If they are there, just change them so it looks like that:
/dev/ /media/ ntfs-3g defaults,locale=en_US.utf8 0 0
(of course replace & by your configuration)
If your partition is not there, you'll have to first create a directory where you would like to mount it :

sudo mkdir /media/
and add a line at the end of the file like the one above.

Tips: You can change your locale option ( for ex locale=fr_FR.utf8 ). Execute 'locale -a' in a terminal to know which one are supported by your system. Tips2: If you want to now more about the option available, have a look at 'man ntfs-3g'
Now remount all your drive

sudo umount /dev/
sudo mount -a
or simply reboot.

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