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When configuring the kernel I see an option to add read-write support for NTFS. Then when mounting my NTFS partition I still have to install ntfs-3g and pass ntfs-3g as the type. I thought if I add NTFS support in the kernel then I wouldn't have to install a library for it. Why is it so?

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The kernel driver is still read only and has no full write support yet, only with many restrictions.

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As lxr.linux.no/#linux+v2.6.37/Documentation/filesystems/ntfs.txt states, the biggest limitation is that creating or removing files/directories is not supported. – wag Jan 14 '11 at 9:10
so that flag CONFIG_NTFS_RW is just a placeholder? – phunehehe Jan 14 '11 at 13:01
No, the ntfs driver has write support, but only limited. See the ntfs.txt file. – wag Jan 14 '11 at 16:19

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