I want to activate the NTFS support. But I can't find the /etc/fstab on my mac. osx 10.11.5 El Capitan

  • you mean you can't find /etc/ or you can't find fstab inside it? fstab may not exist at all; you can simply create it, it's a text file – Tetsujin Jul 2 '16 at 19:46
  • I can't find the file fstab. But will it work, if it does not exist anymore? – Matthias M Jul 2 '16 at 19:47
  • It only exists if something needed one before, otherwise you need to create it yourself – Tetsujin Jul 2 '16 at 19:48
  • You're right. That's all. If you write your comment as an answer, I'll accept it. – Matthias M Jul 2 '16 at 20:43

/etc/fstab doesn't exist by default, only if anything has previously needed it. fstab itself is merely a text file. If nothing has previously needed one, you can make it yourself.

The standard header appears to be a comment with vague instructions as to how the syntax works...

# fstab
# Identifier  mount point  fs type  options1

below that is your mount or ignore instruction, e.g.

UUID=C126C736-1585-3D12-9CF1-F95EFF0CF744 none hfs rw,noauto  


LABEL=[drivename] none ntfs rw,auto,nobrowse

There is far more information on fstab at https://developer.apple.com/legacy/library/documentation/Darwin/Reference/ManPages/man5/fstab.5.html than I could possibly précis here, or type man fstab in Terminal.

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    The manual page for fstab is included in OS X, in a Terminal type man fstab, or directly from Apple FSTAB(5). There is no need to link to a Linux OS Wiki which contains some information that is not at all applicable to OS X. – user3439894 Jul 2 '16 at 21:24

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