initialize msdosfs on memory stick?

Polytropon freebsd at
Thu Sep 12 22:26:53 UTC 2013

On Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:13:11 -0600, Gary Aitken wrote:
> On 09/12/13 15:51, Polytropon wrote:
> > On Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:39:26 -0600, Gary Aitken wrote:
> >> I can't seem to find how to do this in the handbook or man pages.
> >> I need to initialize a usb memory stick with an msdos file system.
> >> Is it possible, or do I have to find a windoze system?
> > 
> > It is possible. The OS provides the newfs_msdos tool.
> > There is no need to deal with "Windows" for this task.
> > 
> Great, thanks.
> I checked the newfs manpage but didn't look too carefully when the summary
> line said "construct a new UFS1/UFS2 file system"

That's correct: newfs "refers to newfs_ufs" (which obviously
initializes a UFS file system), but there are other newfs_*
just as there are corresponding (and more) mount_* commands.

See "man newfs_msdos" for more details.

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