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If I try to copy a file onto a NTFS partition in Linux, I get a warning message Could not change permissions for <file-name>. Is there any way to suppress this message ? I can live with this message while I copy the files in terminal, but when transferring from Dolphin a modal dialog box is shown and it gets pretty irritating.

I'm using openSUSE 11.2, on KDE 4.4 RC.

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Try using the silent option in the /etc/fstab for the partition you are trying to copy to.

For more information on how to use silent have a look at

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Thanks, I'll have a look and get back. – Sathya Feb 10 '10 at 15:02
Manish, I had a look at the man pages, it says silent option is enabled by default. I explicitly passed the silent option, and still the message pops up. – Sathya Feb 23 '10 at 1:06
I can confirm that after replacing default_permissions for silent in /etc/fstab solved the problem for me. – dimitko Aug 4 '12 at 11:29

edit fstab and change this portion of the windows line:


to this


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Change the line:

/dev/sda6      /mnt/sda6       ntfs-3g defaults,silent,locale=en_US.utf8,auto,rw,allow_other,umask=000,gid=users,user,nls=utf8,exe 1     0


/dev/sda6       /mnt/sda6       ntfs-3g         defaults,locale=en_US.utf8      1       0*

No more dolphin messages! Vector Linux 6.0 SoHo.

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