Filesystem that both FreeBSD and OS X can read/write

Eric Crist mnslinky at
Sun Apr 1 18:55:47 UTC 2007

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  
Eric F Crist
Secure Computing Networks

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