Linux v5.15-rc2 - ntfs
# SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0-only
tristate "NTFS file system support"
NTFS is the file system of Microsoft Windows NT, 2000, XP and 2003.
Saying Y or M here enables read support. There is partial, but
safe, write support available. For write support you must also
say Y to "NTFS write support" below.
There are also a number of user-space tools available, called
ntfsprogs. These include ntfsundelete and ntfsresize, that work
without NTFS support enabled in the kernel.
This is a rewrite from scratch of Linux NTFS support and replaced
the old NTFS code starting with Linux 2.5.11. A backport to
the Linux 2.4 kernel series is separately available as a patch
from the project web site.
For more information see <file:Documentation/filesystems/ntfs.rst>
To compile this file system support as a module, choose M here: the
module will be called ntfs.
If you are not using Windows NT, 2000, XP or 2003 in addition to
Linux on your computer it is safe to say N.
bool "NTFS debugging support"
depends on NTFS_FS
If you are experiencing any problems with the NTFS file system, say
Y here. This will result in additional consistency checks to be
performed by the driver as well as additional debugging messages to
be written to the system log. Note that debugging messages are
disabled by default. To enable them, supply the option debug_msgs=1
at the kernel command line when booting the kernel or as an option
to insmod when loading the ntfs module. Once the driver is active,
you can enable debugging messages by doing (as root):
echo 1 > /proc/sys/fs/ntfs-debug
Replacing the "1" with "0" would disable debug messages.
If you leave debugging messages disabled, this results in little
overhead, but enabling debug messages results in very significant
slowdown of the system.
When reporting bugs, please try to have available a full dump of
debugging messages while the misbehaviour was occurring.
bool "NTFS write support"
depends on NTFS_FS
This enables the partial, but safe, write support in the NTFS driver.
The only supported operation is overwriting existing files, without
changing the file length. No file or directory creation, deletion or
renaming is possible. Note only non-resident files can be written to
so you may find that some very small files (<500 bytes or so) cannot
be written to.
While we cannot guarantee that it will not damage any data, we have
so far not received a single report where the driver would have
damaged someones data so we assume it is perfectly safe to use.
Note: While write support is safe in this version (a rewrite from
scratch of the NTFS support), it should be noted that the old NTFS
write support, included in Linux 2.5.10 and before (since 1997),
is not safe.
This is currently useful with TopologiLinux. TopologiLinux is run
on top of any DOS/Microsoft Windows system without partitioning your
hard disk. Unlike other Linux distributions TopologiLinux does not
need its own partition. For more information see
It is perfectly safe to say N here.