Eric at on 6 Dec 2011 19:23:14 -0800

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[PLUG] going crazy with external drive

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I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

Previously, I could connect my external drive (a Seagage - formatted with NTFS [ugh]) and it would be mounted.
Since my backup program (CrashPlan) uses this drive I wanted it to show up as the same device name every time it was mounted.
I modified my /etc/fstab:

UUID=D244DBAA44DB859F   /media/BACKUP01         ntfs-3g defaults,nosuid,nodev,locale=en_US.utf8 0       0

This, or some variation thereof, worked for a while but recently I'm getting this message when the drive is connected:

Unprivileged user can not mount NTFS block devices using the external FUSE
library. Either mount the volume as root, or rebuild NTFS-3G with integrated
FUSE support and make it setuid root. Please see more information at

I have done chmod +s to these files:

- -rwsr-sr-x 1 root root 47320 2010-03-25 10:32 /bin/ntfs-3g
- -rwsr-sr-x 1 root root  5528 2010-03-25 10:32 /bin/ntfs-3g.probe
- -rwsr-sr-x 1 root root 50764 2010-03-25 10:32 /bin/ntfs-3g.secaudit
- -rwsr-sr-x 1 root root 13776 2010-03-25 10:32 /bin/ntfs-3g.usermap
- -rwsr-sr-x 1 root root 38924 2010-03-06 22:01 /usr/bin/ntfsmount

Mount is already setuid:

- -rwsr-xr-x 1 root root 72188 2011-01-20 14:54 /bin/mount

Now I just get this error:

Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 1: helper failed with:
mount: only root can mount /dev/sdc1 on /media/BACKUP01

ntfs-3g gripes about the setuid bit:

 /bin/ntfs-3g --help
Mount is denied because setuid and setgid root ntfs-3g is insecure with the
external FUSE library. Either remove the setuid/setgid bit from the binary
or rebuild NTFS-3G with integrated FUSE support and make it setuid root.
Please see more information at

I *think* that it should have FUSE support:

/bin/ntfs-3g --help

ntfs-3g 2010.3.6 external FUSE 28 - Third Generation NTFS Driver
                Configuration type 1, XATTRS are on, POSIX ACLS are off

Copyright (C) 2005-2007 Yura Pakhuchiy
Copyright (C) 2006-2009 Szabolcs Szakacsits
Copyright (C) 2007-2010 Jean-Pierre Andre
Copyright (C) 2009 Erik Larsson

Usage:    ntfs-3g [-o option[,...]] <device|image_file> <mount_point>

Options:  ro (read-only mount), remove_hiberfile, uid=, gid=,
          umask=, fmask=, dmask=, streams_interface=, syncio.
          Please see the details in the manual (type: man ntfs-3g).

Example: ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows

So, what am I missing to get this device to automatically mount where I want it?  Am I even on the right track?
Should I just make this a Linux-only drive by reformatting it as ext3?
That would mean I'll have to back up the wife's XP box on a separate drive.

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