Subject: Re: newfs overwrites non-UNIX filesystems
To: None <James.Graham@Schwab.COM>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/09/1997 14:26:22
On Thu, 9 Oct 1997 James.Graham@Schwab.COM wrote:

> Does anyone else here feel as though a patch to newfs prevent
> accidental overwriting of a non-UNIX-type filesystem would
> be worthwhile?
> Is anyone else interested?  I submitted a patch to core, but
> one of core responded to me calling it an "egregious hack",
> this after I thought I had seen sufficient interest in this.
> The patch basically tested the type  of filesystem being
> newfs'd and printed a warning and requested a confirmation
> unless a (new) -F flag had been given.

Hmm. The feature sounds good, just to prevent think-o errors. Especially
given the potential concequences.

Maybe it would be better (more consistant w/ other tools) for newfs to
squalk & exit if the partition's not FFS or UFS (and -F or whatever wasn't

Take care,