Filesystem that both FreeBSD and OS X can read/write
youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Sun Apr 1 19:47:14 UTC 2007
mal content wrote:
> On 01/04/07, Eric Crist <mnslinky at gmail.com> 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
> 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)?
I'd do it on the FreeBSD machine. IIRC Mac OSX did some funky stuff with
the MBR / slices when formatting disks.
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