Subject: Re: Clean bit bits
To: None <>
From: Mike Long <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 01/19/1996 09:44:01
>From: Waldi Ravens <>
>Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 08:43:46 +0100 (MET-1)
>Mike Long wrote:
>> >No problem. When newdosfs(8) sets the number of reserved sectors to 2 instead
>> >of the usual 1, the second reserved sector can be used to store timestamps and
>> >other usefull information (should of course be protected by a magic number
>> >and checksum).
>> That doesn't do you any good if the disk was formatted under DOS,
>> though.
>Sorry, I don't see how formatting a disk can have any effect on the
>creation of a file system afterwards (or the partioning in between).
>Please, elaborate.

What I meant was the use of the DOS FORMAT command to create an MSDOS
filesystem.  DOS' FORMAT will always reserve only one sector; so any
system that relies on a second reserved sector won't always work.
Mike Long <> 
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