I have an NTFS partition, on this partition I have all documents, images, music, etc, but I can't synchronize these folders with Ubuntu One.

  • How do you mount the partition?
    – Allan
    Commented Aug 9, 2011 at 19:48

2 Answers 2


You can symlink the folders to the Ubuntu One folder, but only if you are using Ubuntu to do the syncing. If you are syncing on Windows it will not work.

An example of how you can do this is:

ln -s /dev/sda6/users/username/Documents ~/UbuntuOne/Documents

You will have to do this from a terminal, as it is currently not possibly to link to a specific location from within Nautilus (there is a script for it but is broken in the most recent Nautilus versions).

For some reason, they've changed this (it changed cause it worked for me before), as Chipaca pointed out. However I will leave my answer here as a sign post (for reasons).

You cannot synch the folders apparently. Use dropbox until U1 allows you to use symlinks.

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    Ubuntu One does not synchronize nor follow symlinks.
    – Chipaca
    Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 8:42
  • @Chipaca: That's odd (I know you're one of the main developers), and I've heard you say it before (though in relation to windows), but I've done it on my system before and had it synch the folders, so I'm only going based on what happened for me.
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 13:11
  • My experience (and I'm not confused with dropbox) is that it follows symlinks.
    – jrg
    Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 13:14
  • It does not. I'm not sure what you're seeing, but it most definitely does not follow symlinks. They're explicitly ignored.
    – Chipaca
    Commented Aug 11, 2011 at 10:28
  • @Chipaca: Then something is wrong with Ubuntu One in a major way - because I've used it to synch several things by symlinking O.o...
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Aug 11, 2011 at 15:37

You can bind the NTFS-folder to a folder of your home directory and then choose in Ubuntu One to sync.

mkdir /home/user/ntfsFolder
sudo mount --bind /media/ntfsPartition/folderToSync /home/user/ntfsFolder

To make the bind permanent, add this line to your fstab:

/media/ntfsPartition/folderToSync /home/user/ntfsFolder none bind 0 0

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