Subject: Re: Wicked bad MSDOS problems.
To: Wolfgang Solfrank <>
From: Phil Knaack <>
List: port-i386
Date: 11/25/1996 14:54:12
>> Over the weekend, I attempted to use BSD to copy information from a cd to my
>> BSD disk, then over to an MSDOS partition.  (Installing Lose95 for work)

>You should have mentioned the version of NetBSD you are using.  Judging from
>the bugs you see, I assume that it is quite an old version.

	Actually ....... read on.

>> I came to two conclusions.  Doing 'mkdir' in an msdos filesystem will crash
>> the system.  (page fault something or other, easily reproduced if necessary)

>This one was fixed during the release process of 1.2.

	I have the problem on several different machines, all running
*post* 1.2 (1.2B actually), around about Nov 5 or so.

>> If a partition is greater than 512M, it will not crash, but data written to
>> the partition will be corrupted.  (executables won't, etc) (tested with
>> 400M, 450M vs 1001M partitions)

>There were quite a number of fixes relating to this, but IIRC not recently.

	I have no partitions larger than 500M, so I can't comment on this.

Phillip F Knaack
Database Programmer, Information Development for Extension Audiences (IDEA)
Iowa State University Extension