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When trying to complete my Ubuntu 12.04.1 install I recently received the error message: "The file system type fat32 cannot be mounted on /home, because it is not a fully-functional Unix file system. Please choose a different file system, such as ext2." Is it possible to select the ext4 file system for this /home mount, continue with the full Ubuntu install and then change the /home mount to the NTFS file system using the GParted application? The intent of this partition is to enable file sharing between Windows 7 and Ubuntu. Thanks in advance.

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There are other tools to share files with Windows (I speak of Samba), but I am not experienced in this matter so I cannot leave an educated answer. I just thought I would share this small nugget that I have picked up. –  Josh Jan 10 '13 at 3:50
Cross-site duplicate: superuser.com/questions/23190/ntfs-as-ubuntu-home-directory –  Mechanical snail Jan 10 '13 at 5:37

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No, most of the system directories including /home must be on fully functioning unix filesystems, which neither fat32 nor ntfs are.

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I think NTFS (using ntfs-3g) does not support Unix permissions. Recording permissions is necessary in the home directory; several programs require correct permissions to function. For instance, for security reasons, OpenSSH requires ~/.ssh to have sufficiently restrictive permissions. If you try to store it on NTFS, it will lose the permissions, causing SSH to fail.

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I am using /home in a ntfs partiton in order to share data with my windows applications. I am working ubuntu 12.04 lts and up to date don't have any problem.

I make this:

I have a partition for Windows Data in ntfs: named /sda6 but you must use your ntfs partition) Atention this partition must not contain Windows OS! and you must have installed "ntfs-3g".

I Mount this partition in /media (but you can use /mnt too): sudo mkdir /media/whome sudo mount /dev/sda6 /media/whome

Now I copied the directory /home to the directory /media/whome (using cpio instead cp) cd /home/ sudo find . -depth -print0 | cpio --null --sparse -pvd /media/whome/

Now I dismount the partition: sudo umount /media/whome

Now to prevent keep the old home in backup folder: sudo mv /home /respaldo

Now mount the new partition /home: sudo mkdir /home sudo mount /dev/sda6 /home

Now the most important, to mount this partition every boot system: sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.bk (security backup) sudo gedit /etc/fstab

and add this line at the end: /dev/sda6 /home ntfs nodev,nosuid 0 2

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