ntfsprogs vs. fusefs-ntfs (ntfs-3g) reliability?

Alejandro Pulver alepulver at FreeBSD.org
Mon Aug 25 21:34:00 UTC 2008

On Wed, 13 Aug 2008 11:05:45 +0200
Jan Henrik Sylvester <me at janh.de> wrote:

> Is there a particular reason our ntfsprogs port did not get updated for 
> a year but now it has?

None I'm aware of, I just received a request and did it one day, as it
was very similar to the fusefs-ntfs port.

> So far I did use ntfs-3g for mounting and ntfsprogs for resizing etc. 
> with very few problems. Once on copying many files, two of them were 
> only partially written with error messages "Bad address" and "No such 
> file or directory". On the second attempt, I was able to copy them. 
> (Moreover, using qemu volumes residing on ntfs-3g does not work, but I 
> guess that is more of a fuse issue than an ntfs-3g one.)
> Today, our ntfsprogs port got updated to 2.0.0. On ntfs-3g.org, it is 
> stated that "[they] warn against the usage of ntfsprogs-2.0.0 because of 
> major reliability issues (write failure, sparse file corruption, utility 
> hang, etc). Use an earlier version instead until they get fixed."
> Some google search shows that former ntfsprogs developer(s) are now 
> working on ntfs-3g and the authors of both projects have some 
> discrepancies: http://forum.linux-ntfs.org/viewtopic.php?t=741 
> http://www.nabble.com/Re:-ntfsprogs-2.0.0-released-p12958587.html
> All I can tell is that ntfsprogs really has not been updated for a year 
> and ntfs-3g seems to be actively developed.
> Either the ntfs-3g developer is correct and using ntfsprogs 2.0.0 is 
> dangerous, or he is incorrect, which would make using ntfs-3g a little 
> dubious.
> Do you have any information from a third party? Do you think that both 
> FreeBSD ports ntfs-3g and ntfsprogs 2.0.0 are reliable?

I haven't tested the latest ntfsprogs very much, but both suffer from a
reliability issue described in their respective README.FreeBSD (as
other file systems using fuse4bsd).

> Thanks,
> Jan Henrik

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