read BSD format disk from Mac OSX

Roland Smith rsmith at
Mon Mar 2 10:37:44 PST 2009

On Mon, Mar 02, 2009 at 09:16:02AM -0500, Tsu-Fan Cheng wrote:
> Hi all,
>     I format a ext disk (UFS) and transfer some files into it, hand it
> over to my friend who has a macbook. He complained the macbook can't
> read it. I don't have a mac on hand, I wonder if there is any utility
> that will help a mac to read a BSD, thanks!!

Macs use GUID partition tables. These are supported by the GENERIC
FreeBSD kernel (at least in 7.1). You'll need the gpt(8) program to make
them. The following link is a kind of HOWTO:

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