Subject: Re: Creating MS-DOS filesystems
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Michael Parson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 01/21/1997 06:25:24
In message <199701210243.UAA20519@idea.exnet.iastate.edu>, you write:
> >now that we finally have a working "fdformat" - good job, who ever did it -
> >I would like to be able to create 3rd party especially MS-DOS filesystems,
> >too. Am I wrong or is there no command for this job yet?
> To make DOS disks I usually keep an image lying around of a totally
> empty formatted DOS disk (using 'dd').
> % dd if=/dev/fd0a | gzip | gzip > dos.gz.gz
> [Amazingly, empty filesystems compress very well the second time.. from
> 1474560 bytes to 1995 to 641 bytes, for an empty MSDOS disk!]
Youch, why not just
% dd if=/dev/fd0a | gzip -9 > dos.gz
The -9 option tells it to use maximum compression.
> To create a DOS disk I would do:
> % cat dos.gz.gz | gunzip | gunzip | dd of=/dev/fd0a
> Actually, I often wonder about the need for such tools as DOS
> formatters and filesystem checkers for UNIX; I mean, where does it stop?
> Do we need a formatter for ext2fs? NTFS? DEC AdvFS? =-)
Sure, why not... ;)
Michael Parson // Illuminati Online
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