On Apr 1, 2007, at 3:46 PM, Garrett Cooper wrote:

mal content wrote:
On 01/04/07, Eric Crist <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
On Apr 1, 2007, at 12:53 PM, mal content wrote:

> Hello.
> I have a small USB hard disk enclosure and would like to start
> using it to transfer files between OS X and FreeBSD machines.
> Is there a filesystem that both OS X and FreeBSD can reliably
> read and write to? I've heard that OS X supports UFS, but there's
> no clear definition on what UFS actually is. I mean Free/Open/Net/
> DragonFly all seem to have slightly differing definitions...
> Any ideas?
> MC
> (please cc: as I'm not subscribed)

My recommendation would be to use *gasp* FAT32 for the file system.
This allows you FreeBSD/MacOSX/Linux/ and the occasional Windows
support when you eventually need it.  If you only need OS X/FreeBSD
support, UFS is safe. IIRC, UFS2 is safe, as well. I've got a drive I'm using that I think is UFS2 formatted. I'd check, but it's at the


Ok, I'll give it a go on an empty drive and see what happens.

Would you recommend formatting the drive on an OS X machine, or
a FreeBSD machine (or is it irrelevant)?

I'd do it on the FreeBSD machine. IIRC Mac OSX did some funky stuff with the MBR / slices when formatting disks.

I just took another disk, formated with UNIX Files System on my Mac, and it mounts just fine as UFS on my FreeBSD system.

Eric F Crist
Secure Computing Networks

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