I've just performed a new install of arch linux (3.15.3-1) on a macbook pro 8.2

All of my data is on an exfat drive, and I've installed exfat-utils. However, when I try

mount -t exfat /dev/sdb1 ~/drivemount

the return is

mount: unknown filesystem type 'exfat'

I saw a post on the arch forum mentioning doing modprobe exfat-fs, which I proceeded to try to no avail. I've looked around here, but couldn't find a post that explained it, so here I am.

Do I need some other packages, like fuse-exfat? (And why doesn't it just work with exfat-utils?)

How might I resolve this?


I also installed just exfat-utils and fuse-exfat from the community repository but not `exfat-git'. After that mounting of an exfat usbstick worked just fine. Archlinux (3.18.5-3).

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I struggled with this as well, but resolved it by installing the exfat-git package from the AUR. After that everything simply worked. No modprobe, no reboot, etc.

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You only need a kernel module for exfat to just mount, not neccesarily the tools (checking the filesystem etc).

So just install fuse-exfat from the community repo and your done without reboot or manual modprobe or a non-fuse exfat implementation from the AUR (exfat-git or exfat-dkms-git), if you know what you're doing and that it's stable enough for your use case.

Archlinux x64 from 18 Feb 2015, everything up to date with pacman / yaourt. But generally this will stay true for the future, only some package names will change a little or new modules that implement exfat will become available.

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