Subject: Re: Accessing the HD-Floppy
To: Markus Illenseer <>
From: Jose Alburquerque <>
List: amiga
Date: 12/30/1995 23:34:46
On Fri, 29 Dec 1995, Markus Illenseer wrote:

> Jose Alburquerque wrote:
> > (I'm sorry about the previous sent message.  It was a mistake!) I'm
> > trying to compile mtools to have access to msdos disks under NetBSD 1.1.
> >  The problem is that the instructions say that some device structure
> > must be declared with the path and certain other paramters of the device
> > which should be used to read//write to.  When my system boots up I get
> > the message:
>  Unless you change/rewrite the Floppydriver in NetBSD-Amiga, forget about
> MS-Dos disks.
>  *All* floppies are treated as beeing formatted with AmigaDOS filesystem on
> them.  And creating a new MS-DOS FS on the top will work, but of course
> unreadable on any PC.
> -- 
> Markus Illenseer

Listen, as I understand, mtools is a program that uses the hardware of 
any system it is compiled under, to access PC-DOS disks regardless.  I've 
used mtools in SunOS though by nature it cannot read PC formatted disks.  
I'm not sure, but I think the program needs to know how to address the 
hardware and all should be fine from there.  All I'm trying is to compile 
mtools and need to know what path I use to address the hardware, such as 
in SunOS which uses /dev/rfd0 (or something like that?).  Does anyone out 
there have any idea what I'm talking about?  If I'm totally wrong please 
forgive me for the foolishness.  Thanks.