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Problem with NTFS hard drive automounting in Fedora 10 & KDE4

Automounting is a PITA for many people… the solutions vary so I’ll just add here the one that worked for me.

The KDE4 New Device Notifier would see whenever I plugged in my external NTFS hard drive, but trying to mount it failed with the infamous “TODO:have to rethink extra options” (I wonder for how much time they’ve been thinking about these extra options… anyhow!).

The fix that worked for me, was to modify my /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/20-ntfs-config-write-policy.fdi to this:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<deviceinfo version=”0.2″>
<device>
<match key=”volume.fstype” string=”ntfs”>
<merge key=”volume.fstype” type=”string”>ntfs-3g</merge>
<merge key=”volume.policy.mount_filesystem” type=”string”>ntfs-3g</merge>
<append key=”volume.mount.valid_options” type=”strlist”>locale=</append>
</match>
</device>
</deviceinfo>

Actually, the only change from the one shipping with Fedora was the addition of the line containing the volume.fstype statement. You may need to restart the HAL daemon (not sure if the changes are applied without restarting): sudo /sbin/service haldaemon restart

Good luck 🙂

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