Subject: Re: NetBSD 1.2(beta) mounting msdos long file names.
To: John F. Woods <>
From: Chris G Demetriou <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/26/1996 18:51:35
> >>With the advent of longfile names on a MSDOS formatted drive, and =
> >>NetBSD's ability  to read them, what are the odds that I can put a =
> >>NetBSD kernel on my root drive, add /sbin, /bin, /etc, etc. directories =
> >>to the drive and populate them with NetBSD binaries and boot NetBSD?
> >
> >You can't put /dev on an msdosfs; MSDOS doesn't grok device nodes.
> Hmm.  How about a "devfs" which is like an automounted mfs but has nodes
> precreated for /dev/console, /dev/null, and the root and swap devices.
> Modify \ETC\RC (:-) to fill in the remainder using mknod and you'd be all set.
> (Well, except for socket files that get created in random places, which
> MSDOSFS also doesn't understand.)

Or, you could earn your double (plue bonus!) evil points, and cheat...

find out the root file system type, if it's msdos mount a small MFS on
/dev, and do the MAKEDEV thing...