Subject: Re: Adding a filesystem to a disk
To: Brian Rose <>
From: Florian Stoehr <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 12/27/2004 23:52:01
On Mon, 27 Dec 2004, Brian Rose wrote:

> I have an external disk and I would like to add a filesystem to it. All the 
> documentation concerns only adding a new ffs partition. Nothing about the 
> other supported filesystems.
> So my question is...
> How do I find out the details of the various filesystems that NetBSD 
> supports? For example, I'd use fdisk to create a FAT32 filesystem, but I 
> cannot figure out what the sysid is. 'man fdisk' yields no results, and I 
> cannot find it elsewhere.
> Is there a tool like the one used in the installer that lets you select from 
> a list of supported filesystems? All the docs I find simply show you how to 
> use fdisk and disklabel to add a new partition. These tools are manual and 
> prone to human error. Or at least a document that contains all the relevant 
> information needed to use fdisk/disklabel for the supported filesystems.
> -- 
> Brian

Hi, perhaps try

Or boot any FAT32 machine with the Live CD, "dd" the first track to a file 
and hexedit it.