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#1 2013-02-25 05:46:59

Brett VanKirk
Registered: 2012-10-28
Posts: 10

[Solved] ntfsprogs vs NTFS-3G

I was just reading about the merger of ntfsprogs and NTFS-3G in April 2011 and was wondering how come we have two different packages in the [Extra] repo? Didn't Tuxera combine ntfsprogs and NTFS-3G into one package when the projects merged? The Arch Wiki heavily pushes NTFS-3G and briefly mentions ntfsprogs at the end only to enable formatting. I'm curious about the functionality each package provides over the other.

Last edited by Brett VanKirk (2013-02-26 19:57:15)

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#2 2013-02-25 10:05:40

Forum Moderator
Registered: 2009-08-15
Posts: 3,924

Re: [Solved] ntfsprogs vs NTFS-3G

Interesting question. I didn't know they were merged. Looking at abs, both packages are created from the same PKGBUILD.

ntfsprogs contains utilities related to formatting and other filesystem related utilites, while ntfs-3g package contains the utilities related to mounting.

But why they have not been merged, I have no idea.


#3 2013-02-25 10:31:27

Developer/Forum Fellow
From: Montreal, Canada
Registered: 2004-08-20
Posts: 5,212

Re: [Solved] ntfsprogs vs NTFS-3G

It looks like they weren't combined together went they merged upstream. As ntfsprogs depends on ntfs-3g, there's little point in having them seperate. I'll look into merging them.


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