Filesystem that both FreeBSD and OS X can read/write

mal content at
Sun Apr 1 18:32:56 UTC 2007

On 01/04/07, Eric Crist <mnslinky at> wrote:
> On Apr 1, 2007, at 12:53 PM, mal content wrote:
> > Hello.
> >
> > I have a small USB hard disk enclosure and would like to start
> > using it to transfer files between OS X and FreeBSD machines.
> >
> > Is there a filesystem that both OS X and FreeBSD can reliably
> > read and write to? I've heard that OS X supports UFS, but there's
> > no clear definition on what UFS actually is. I mean Free/Open/Net/
> > DragonFly all seem to have slightly differing definitions...
> >
> > Any ideas?
> > MC
> >
> > (please cc: as I'm not subscribed)
> My recommendation would be to use *gasp* FAT32 for the file system.
> This allows you FreeBSD/MacOSX/Linux/ and the occasional Windows
> support when you eventually need it.  If you only need OS X/FreeBSD
> support, UFS is safe.  IIRC, UFS2 is safe, as well.  I've got a drive
> I'm using that I think is UFS2 formatted.  I'd check, but it's at the
> office.


Ok, I'll give it a go on an empty drive and see what happens.

Would you recommend formatting the drive on an OS X machine, or
a FreeBSD machine (or is it irrelevant)?


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