Mounting One of the memstick Image Files

Elliot Robinson elliot.robinson at
Fri Aug 22 02:04:23 UTC 2014

On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 9:48 PM, Martin G. McCormick <
martin at> wrote:

> Elliot Robinson writes:
> > I know your pain. On Linux, `mount -t ufs -o ufstype=44bsd` is what
> you're
> > looking for.  This requires that your system knows how to write UFS,
> which
> > might be a problem.
> >
> > A possibly easier way to do this would be to boot off the memstick,
> > remount
> > root as rw, and make the change from the live memstick. I've seen some
> > problems reading any new/modified files created by doing this from
> > Linux (complains about bad inodes), but it seems to work from the BSD
> > perspective...
>         Thank you to both posters on this topic. If I could
> mount the image file on the FreeBSD system, I would do all the
> editing there and then copy the modified image back to the
> Debian system to dd in to the thumb drive. I actually got the
> image that way to start with.
>         When one uses the Linux fdisk program on the drive
> afterward, it reports that there is both a BSD and DOS magic
> number and advises the caller to run fdisk with the -b bsd flag.
> I suspect there is a boot manager of some type that will catch
> Windows systems in case somebody wants to boot off the memstick
> on a Windows system.
>         In this case, all I want to do is mount the image in a
> native FreeBSD environment to actually do the work on adding the
> comconsole line. All Linux has to do in this exercise is to feed
> the new modified image back in to the memstick with dd.
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Ah, apologies. I seem to have misunderstood the initial question.

Perhaps this section from the handbook will be of help?

Elliot Robinson

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