Re: writable file system for windows
From: Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P. (kdk_at_daleco.biz)
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 15:55:04 -0600 To: Kevin Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kevin Smith wrote:
> Hi-- My question is really directed at which type of file system I
> choose for the shared area (bsd/windows) when I do the partitioning,
> rather than access. I seem to be able to mount NTFS partitions and
> read them, but my understanding is that they are unsafe to write to
> from bsd. At least on Linux this is the case. I want to be able to
> files from bsd and read them in windows. The ext2fs system seems like
> one way, but I was hoping that I could use a native windows/dos file
> that would not require any special mounting on the windows side.
> Olivier Gautherot wrote:
>> If you have no restrictions regarding ACL, this is the quickest way
>> to do so.
>> You can also create an ext2fs file system, that can be mounted
>> read-only under Windows using Cygwin ;-)
I don't *think*, (but am having a little trouble verifying) that
mount_msdosfs(8) will have any trouble with FAT 32; I know
I've read 'em; can't remember whether I had to write 'em or
not (I stick 'em in a FBSD box to backup before "flattening"
winboxen). I am sure FAT (FAT16?) would be OK. Maybe
Olivier or someone else can say.
[ BTW, I think he was simply giving options, not suggesting
that ext2fs would be the best way. ]
I did a small bit of perusal of the CVS commit logs and
the source for the mount utilities in question, but it's a
good bit over my head --- I can't determine (other than
reading the manpage) exactly how dangerous it would be,
(heck, I've not even figured out exactly how they do it *at all*)
but I agree that it seems risky to try it with NTFS based
on what we can see. Is there any way to try it as FAT32?
Like I said, I'm *pretty* sure I've done this often.
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