I have a rather large external harddrive formatted in Apple's HFS+ format, and reformatting it is not an option for me. Now that I have a linux server at home, I have turned journalling off on the harddrive and I mount it with read and write access at boot time on my Ubuntu box (12.04 Desktop version, but I use it as a home print/file/media server). Up to here everything works smoothly.
The problems start when some event leads to an unclean unmount, and this happens a lot in a home environment. This can be a power failure, or a cable disconnection, or etc.... Consequently, the HFS+ drive does not mount anymore at boot time and if I try to mount it manually, it gets mounted as read-only. To solve the problem, every single time I have to disconnect the drive, and connect and mount it on my MacBook. After a clean unmount the drive can be mounted with no problem on my linux box.
Is there anyway to skip this connecting-to-osx-box step, i.e., is there anyway to clean mount an unclean unmounted HFS+ drive with read and write access in Ubuntu? Is there a switch that I can use in my fstab to force the mounting?
Thanks in advance. Mah