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I remember that I was able to run a Linux .exe that was placed on an NTFS partition earlier before I installed 10.10 RC. But if I try to run it now, I can't run it as it hasn't the execution permission. The bad part is that I can't change the permissions too. I'm chmod-ding +x but no change at all with its permissions.

So this seems to be a bug? Any help?

Though when I put it on ext4 partition, I can set the permission. But I want to do this as I did before, right from its default NTFS location.

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NTFS doesn't support the execute permission because it's designed for Windows, which doesn't have the same concept of "executable" files as Linux does. If you're trying to run Windows .exe files in Wine, it should still work if you run wine explicitly, like this:

wine /path/to/executable.exe

If you do need to execute files directly, you can set the permissions that will be applied to all files with the fmask option in /etc/fstab. You may also need to add the exec option if that's not the default for NTFS (I don't have a drive handy to check right now). The value for fmask tells the driver which bits to turn off, so, for example, to allow read, write, and execute for all users, you should have something like this:

/dev/hda1  /mnt/windows  ntfs-3g  defaults,exec,fmask=000  0  0

If there's already an fmask option, the simplest way to turn on the execute bit is to subtract 1 from any digit that's odd.

If you don't know how permission masking works, the basic idea is that the read, write, and execute permissions are represented by the values 4, 2, and 1 respectively. You can add them together to combine permissions so, for example, reading + writing would be 6. The permission mask is a combination of three digits that apply to the owner, group, and "others" (everyone else).

Just remember that fmask (also, umask and dmask) in fstab are the permissions you want to turn off.

As a slightly more interesting example, this would set the permissions to "rwx" for the owner, "rx" for the group, and "r" for everyone else:

/dev/hda1  /mnt/windows  ntfs-3g  defaults,exec,fmask=023  0  0
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thanks matthew... that fstab entry holds the key to my problem... as i recently installed the ubuntu RC,so i didnt included the fstab entry for auto mounting of the ntfs drives... which i had in my earlier OS... so the exec flag is the key..which i believe isnt included while mounting manually by "double clicking" on the drives in the my computer view.. thanks. :) –  ashishsony Oct 2 '10 at 17:29
This is what I had to do to change permissions for things on my second drive. –  dkuntz2 Dec 7 '10 at 23:39
"Contrary to what most people believe, NTFS is a POSIX-compatible¹ filesystem, and it is possible to use permissions on NTFS" askubuntu.com/a/74851/253474 technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc976809.aspx –  Lưu Vĩnh Phúc Aug 12 at 12:41

I use a line such as the following in my /etc/fstab file:

/dev/sda5    /media/disk    ntfs,   user,noauto,exec    0 2

which prevents the partition from being mounted at startup, but allows me to mount as root with:

sudo mount /dev/sda5


sudo mount /media/disk 

from the command line.

Mounting from "Places" gives an error, so this solution is not perfect, but I'm willing to live with it. Hope this is useful for others.

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It looks like a bug in older versions...

Try upgrading to Wine 1.3

This worked for me, and now I can install anything directly from a NTFS partition.

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