Subject: FW: Big/Little endian conversion in FS
To: 'firstname.lastname@example.org' <tech-kern@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Paul Evans <email@example.com>
Date: 09/16/1997 17:56:53
I guess to be really useful we should be able to change disklabels?
(wouldn't the capability be useless w/o that, or would the performance =
gain be worth it?)
I'd volunteer to do it..
From: Manuel Bouyer [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 1997 2:14 PM
To: Paul Evans
Cc: 'Scott Reynolds'; tech-kern@NetBSD.ORG
Subject: RE: Big/Little endian conversion in FS
On Sep 15, Paul Evans wrote
> Just a Thought:
> Would it be a valid function of fsck (or mkfs) to actually swap the =
bytes in a filesystem on a disk? To change the native host from big to =
little and vice-versa?
> I was specifically thinking of creating installation disks from =
remote machines of a different endianess. As well as moving disks from =
dead computers for re-use..
This can be done. Should be easy as fsck will read all the fs metadatas.
But note that this won't convert the disklabel, and this is a much =
as disklabels changes from a port to another.
Manuel Bouyer, MASI, Universite Paris VI.