Subject: Re: file system format for large, shared, removable USB disk
To: Andy Ball <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/02/2006 16:15:12
On Sat, 2 Sep 2006 16:07:35 -0400 (EDT), Andy Ball
<> wrote:

> Hello Steven,
>   SMB> I need to buy a large external hard drive that needs to work
>      > with both NetBSD 3.0.1 and Linux, read-write.  What are good
>      > choices for the file system?
> This will be an unpopular choice and may not suit your application,
> but if you're just using it to move data sets between sites or
> machines, you could consider tar.  I have found this to work across
> platforms, even those that have different partitioning schemes.
You mean just put the tarball on the raw drive?  I thought about that,
but it doesn't quite fit this application. 

		--Steven M. Bellovin,