Accessing Filesystems


Probably like most people nowadays I have devices containing bits scattered around that I want to access at some point. While I personally don’t tend to acquire devices frequently due to my minimalist tendencies, I do have devices that have slowly accumulated over the decades (and which are largely just awaiting inspection and purging). What seems like a long-time strength of the GNU/Linux ecosystem is its ability to readily access a wide range of filesystem.

An implied overdue effort whith I’ll be tackling using my new laptop is that of organizing the data I have floating around (and getting rid of the physical vessels).

NTFS

Interacting with NTFS is typical if using a dual-boot system but since I essentially stopped using Windows around the time Windows 7 came out I haven’t interacted much with NTFS since. I’d somewhat expected NTFS support to be fairly complete within the mainline Linux kernel by now, but the only option that presented itself in the configuration interface seemed somewhat limited. After consulting the relevant Gentoo wiki page(1), the FUSE based ntfs-3g which I believe I used back in the day seemed like it still offered the most complete solution (and while kernelspace solutions seem to be maturing, the use of FUSE certainly explains the peristent externality).

1.
NTFS - gentoo wiki [online]. 9 April 2022. Available from: https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/NTFS