Subject: Manipulating/backing up HFS+ files
To: NetBSD User's Discussion List <>
From: Louis Guillaume <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 12/02/2004 19:08:39

I have a Netatalk Server on NetBSD. Macintosh users mount shared 
directories and store files there.

There is the obvious issue with HFS+ metadata and resource forks.

I've had a look at hfsutils, but that seems to be useful when you 
actually have an HFS filesystem.

Here we have a regular FFS filesystem, shared up over AFP. So we have 
more than just the data forks stored on the FFS filesystem.

dump, tar, cp et al destroy the resource forks, disassociating them with 
the data forks.

Are there any utilities around for NetBSD that will copy, move, dump 
these files, preserving their resource forks and HFS+ metadata?

Perhaps there's a way to back up such shared directories by copying the 
  disk blocks instead of the filesystem data?