How to use mkntfs, I get "not a block device"

O'Connor, Daniel darius at
Thu Feb 5 03:26:42 UTC 2015

> On 4 Feb 2015, at 20:28, Thomas Mueller <mueller6724 at> wrote:
>> The port should really patch this out (IMO) - it doesn't make sense on FreeBSD since it doesn't _have_ block devices.
>> If you pass it the -F flag it should let your format the disk.
> Should I wait for the bug fix to show in sysutils/fusefs-ntfs, or should I just do
> mkntfs -F /dev/gpt/SeaExp1-03 ? 
> after kldload fuse .

Just use -F.
Note that mkntfs is unrelated to fuse - you can use the NTFS tools without touching FUSE at all - the only time FUSE is involved is when you mount an NTFS volume.

> I thought I'd seen error messages referring to block devices, or "not a block device" in FreeBSD and NetBSD before.

They were removed a while ago :)

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