MacFUSE whats that?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by XxpikachuxX, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. XxpikachuxX macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2009
    ok so i was going to change my macbook wallpaper in system preferences and all the way down i see something called MacFuse in Others what the hell is that it the first time i see it how can i delete that program or thing
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    MacFUSE is an implementation of a NTFS Windows format system that allows you to read/write to a Windows formatted drive

    Here is a description of it

    The current application of it is NTFS-3G

    Perhaps you installed it somewhere along the way

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. XxpikachuxX thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2009
    oh so its not part of mac os x programs how can i delete it? also does parallels need this
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    If you're running Parallels with Vista, I'd imagine you need it as Vista is NTFS only. Beyond that, it's a useful tool to have to allow easier networking with XP-NTFS or Vista computers.
  5. steviem macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    That isn't strictly what MacFUSE is.

    MacFUSE is an implementation of FUSE, which basically runs file systems in the user space. This is useful for using file systems not usually supported by the OS you are using, so in Linux, you'd use it for ZFS (ZFS isn't compatible with GPL so it'd never be supported), however it'd be pretty slow.

    For OSX though, you would use it for NTFS, and ext2, maybe even SSHFS, which allows you to automount a file system on a remote computer through SSH. I would use this if I had a Netbook to be able to access my home media over the internet. There are some other cool things you can do with MacFUSE, like use your Gmail storage as external storage.

    At the moment, I'm using it for ext2 so I can get the video and music off of my old ubuntu media disk which was formatted in ext3 (ext3 is analogous to HFS+ with Journaling).

    It may be installed with parallels in order for you to get at the files in your Windows virtual disk whilst the vm isn't powered up.
  6. mftsai macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2009
    Can anyone tell more about how to use MacFUSE for using Gmail as external storage?? I'd like to know about it. Very appreciate your help.
  7. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
  8. patrixl Suspended

    Jun 19, 2009
    For many years now there's been ways of using gmail as a storage medium, believe it or not. It works by storing files in attachments in specially-named email messages, as far as I can remember. It was slow as molasses, too, but it worked. the FUSE driver would take care of the interaction with gmail through http, while it presented you a mountable device with a gmailfs on it, that you could use as a normal filesystem.

    google used to ban accounts doing it back in the early days, I don't know if they still do.

  9. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Well sonofa....:mad:

    I remember some friends using Gmail as a server setup, but it was accessed directly and just via downloading attachments...interesting about the mountable solution...

    Time to edit the previous post, thanks for the head's up though!!
  10. nickXedge macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2008
    Long Island
    Just use DropBox. It's a great, free solution to your problem. And it automatically syncs like MobileMe, even with your iPhone, if you have one. Use the link in my signature for extra storage =)
  11. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Yeah, I'm familiar with DropBox...used to use it for some stuff, but haven't had need lately.

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