read BSD format disk from Mac OSX

Julian Wissmann julianwissmann at
Tue Mar 3 06:20:13 PST 2009

Am 02.03.2009 um 19:37 schrieb Roland Smith:

> 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:
> Roland
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Formatting the Disk GUID is a start. Your friend could use FUSE as  
well though. It's available for OS X (see 
. Or you could format the FreeBSD disk with UFS1! which is afaik  
supported by OS X.


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