I don't want to be impolite, but your solution suggestion is unneccessarily complicated, involving something that isn't needed at all.
Let me explain: On Mon, 2 Mar 2009 08:41:10 -0600, David Kelly <dke...@hiwaay.net> wrote: > On Mon, Mar 02, 2009 at 09:16:02AM -0500, Tsu-Fan Cheng wrote: > > Hi all, > > I format a ext disk (UFS) and transfer some files into it, hand it > > over to my friend who has a macbook. He complained the macbook can't > > read it. I don't have a mac on hand, I wonder if there is any utility > > that will help a mac to read a BSD, thanks!! > > The easiest way to do what you are attempting is to format the disk FAT. > Then to preserve file attributes write your files in a tar archive. Hey hey, not so complicated. :-) The easiest way is to follow this advice WITHOUT the FAT part. The tar "filesystem" has been serving as the best data exchange format among UNIXes and Linusi over the years. The only thing needed on the Macbook is the tar utility. So, on the FreeBSD machine, you first put the files onto the external HDD using tar - note that you're using it DIRECTLY, you're NOT creating any files on a file system: % tar cvf /dev/da0 <files> Then, on the Macbook, you simply extract from the external disk, using MacOSX's tar command: $ tar xvf /dev/da0 Done! Usually, tar will preserve your file names and file attributes. No need to look for character translation tables, no need for chmod -x for the files, no need for the uppercase / lowercase trouble. Of course, you cannot read such a hard disk with "Windows", but this wasn't part of the question anyway. There is no need to pollute a hard disk with MICROS~1 FAT when you're using UNIXens only. And yes, it is that simple. :-) Simple. Useful. UNIX. -- Polytropon >From Magdeburg, Germany Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0 Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ... _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"