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24 January 2012, 10:58

NTFS-3G update improves compression

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The developers at Tuxera have announced the release of version 2012.1.15 of the community edition of their NTFS-3G + Ntfsprogs driver and tool collection, a stable update that includes a number of fixes and small improvements. The code for accessing compressed data is now said to work faster and, for the first time, the ntfscp copying program supports compression.

When restoring files, the ntfsundelete tool now tries to recover the filename and uses the inode number to name unnamed files if it fails. The new delay_mtime mount option can be used to tell the filesystem driver to delay updating the mtime and ctime values. Mount also uses relatime (relative access time) as the default file access time update method.

More details about the update can be found in the release history. NTFS-3G + Ntfsprogs 2012.1.15 is available to download for Linux, Mac OS X, Android, some BSD derivatives and other operating systems; a manual is provided.

Most distributions use the Tuxera community program for NTFS support; the driver in the Linux kernel has not been actively worked on for some time now. NTFS-3G and Ntfsprogs, originally separate projects, were combined last year.


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