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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Cross-platform filesystem access

Looks like the ntfs-3g driver has already gained a lot of popularity and is quite easy to use:

NTFS-3G Read/Write Driver

The driver itself is supposedly available from the Fedora Extras repository for FC6 onwards. Completely safe read/write access to NTFS drives from Linux -- now that's a dream come true!

In the meanwhile, it looks like there's also a windows Ext2 file-system driver that allows full read/write access to Ext2/3 volumes:

Ext2 Installable File System For Windows

Of course, one of the drawbacks here is that the Ext3 volume is mounted as Ext2 -- so there is no journaling support. In case of a 'dirty' unmount e2fsck will have to be run. The other drawback is the fact that is won't work with LVM.

So, these drivers really open up a lot of choices. But I guess the best option is to have the shared drive as NTFS since the ntfs-3g driver takes care of journaling.