moving disks between archs

James Tanis jtanis at
Fri Feb 10 09:51:22 PST 2006

Tar will work, but not a drive formatted on an i386 with a tar file on
it. If its a sparc, why not just plug it into the network temporarily?
Ive never seen a sparc without an integrated ethernet card.

On 2/9/06, Kris Kennaway <kris at> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 08, 2006 at 11:37:45PM +0100, Paolino wrote:
> > I'm using a disk to bring data to an network-isolated machine  running
> > sparc. What filesystem can I use to get some compatibility?
> >
> > Having placed an UFS from an i386, makes it unreadable on the sparc, IRC
> > guys tought me it's an endiannes problem.
> >
> > Is tar going to work ?
> tar will work, so you can always write the tar file to the raw disk
> (i.e. use no filesystem).
> Kris

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