Subject: Re: newfs overwrites non-UNIX filesystems
To: None <>
From: Giles Lean <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/10/1997 07:53:45
On Thu, 9 Oct 1997 13:39:41 -0700  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?

Nah.  I almost never run newfs on a Unix filesystem.  I think newfs
is a sharp tool -- short of making it interactive ("Hey, I found
a XYZ fileystem here -- overwrite?") I don't think there is a lot
that can be done to make it safer.

I'd have thought the reverse situation was more problematic anyway
("Hey, I found a Unix filesystem already -- you want me to overwrite