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From: Szakacsits Szabolcs <szaka-etPT3ZpR6ySHXe+LvDLADg <at> public.gmane.org>
Subject: ntfs-3g-0.20070207-RC1
Newsgroups: gmane.comp.file-systems.ntfs-3g.devel
Date: Wednesday 7th February 2007 00:46:47 UTC (over 12 years ago)

We got to a point when the most critiques the driver receives is its BETA 
status. It's fairly widely used, indeed, even in productions for months 
with satisfaction. Still almost everybody is waiting for corruptions, file 
loss, disasters, and the apocalypse. Perhaps because it's still labelled as

BETA even if it refers to the planned new features and functionalities 
instead of its reliability?

However it seems the bad things don't really want to come. In fact, just on

the contrary. The major part of the development time is spent to identify 
bugs and problems in stable softwares and hardwares which were originally 
believed to be caused by ntfs-3g. This is getting seriously __boring__. 
So why is it still BETA?

Alright, convinced! From now on let's call it Release Candinate. Hopefully 
this will open the gates for real bug reports, and if not then we'll have 
a stable release real soon now.

WARNING! Please don't expect RC2, RC3, ... and especially not RC94831. If 
no serious fault submission or concern arrives then this driver will be 
simply renamed to stable.

This release warns if the deficient FUSE 2.6.2 kernel module is installed 
which by accident may lack the required fuseblk support for safe and 
enriched operations. FUSE 2.6.3 fixed this and includes the corrected FUSE 
kernel module.

A very serious bug was also found in Windows chkdsk which could result the 
removal of valid files. The chance to meet the required conditions is very 
small but it does exist. If you plan to run chkdsk then make a backup of 
your files first then just restore the deleted files. 

The default_permissions FUSE option is transparently used from now if any 
of the uid, gid, umask, fmask, or dmask mount option is used. This means 
that probably many user will complain about "permission denied" errors. If 
you want full access to everybody by default then don't use any of these 
mount options. Otherwise you must configure them correctly.

Florent Mertens wrote a very nice NTFS configuration utility. It makes 
user's life __much__ easier by providing simple ways to enable/disable 
write capability for all their devices, being either internal or external:


The major changes in this release are 

  * new: the driver is in release candinate status
  * new: warn if the deficient FUSE 2.6.2 kernel modul is used
  * fix: a bug in chkdsk could result the removal of valid files
  * fix: Mac OS X portability improvements
  * change: full file permission checking if any of the uid, gid, umask, 
    fmask, or dmask mount option is used

Contributors were Matthias Berndt, Michael Fritscher, Janos Takacs, Kurt 
Radwanski, Miklos Szeredi, Dominique L Bouix, Florent Mertens, Bigboss, 
Ashrack, Wagonfixin, AlexandreP, Yuval Fledel, and Alexey Marushchenko.

The "last chance" release is available from


Happy final testing,


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