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I'm trying to mount an external HDD that's formatted with an HFS+ (journaled) partition. community/hfsprogs has been installed, but mount -t hfsplus /dev/sda3 /mnt returns mount: unknown filesystem type 'hfsplus'.

Any thoughts?

  • You need to install hfsutils – mpromonet Mar 8 '15 at 23:35
  • Thanks @mpromonet, that solved it. For others' reference, it seems both hfsprogs and hfsutils need to be installed for read-write access. – raisin Mar 9 '15 at 4:32
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You should install hfsutils that is provided in the Arch User Repository (AUR).

The hfsutils package could be built using :

sudo pacman -S base-devel 
wget https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/hf/hfsutils/hfsutils.tar.gz
tar xvzf hfsutils.tar.gz
cd hfsutils
makepkg -Acs

Next the package could be installed with :

sudo pacman -U hfsutils-*.pkg.tar.xz

Then the command grep hfsplus /proc/filesystems should report hfsplus and you should be able to mount an hfsplus filessystem.

  • today use git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/hfsutils.git instead of wget ... – a_manthey_67 Apr 24 '17 at 10:48

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