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Re: grub/floppy/ext2 question

On Sun, Dec 29, 2002 at 07:41:36PM +0100, Michael Karcher wrote:
> ext2 makes no use of the first sector of the floppy, to allow boot loaders
> to be placed there. FAT has its 'magic numbers' in exactly this sector. So
> mke2fs(8)ing a FAT medium creates a valid e2fs without removing the magic
> numbers of the FAT file system. So do it yourself.
> > The fact that grub is so confused seems rather puzzling.
> I hope, my mail explains it a bit.

Thanks for your explanation.

So (if this is correct and it probably is), it would appear that grub
uses the first sector to determine if it is a MS-DOS filesystem or not,
but Linux must use some other mechanism (because mount worked even
without the -t option).
Brian May <bam@debian.org>

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