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Re: share partition between macosx and debian

On Thu, Oct 16, 2003 at 12:53:13PM -0400, Nathanael Hasbrouck wrote:
> I doesn't look like it'll work.  See the other reply from Brad Boyer 
> - he pointed out that the LinuxPPC discs were indeed burned as 
> mac-bootable from Toast, hence they have Mac driver partitions (which 
> I had forgotten to check).  So, it probably won't work unless there's 
> a way to fake the drivers, but I don't know enough about how they 
> work to tell.  My guess is not, though.

They can't be faked, but they could be written properly. Apple didn't
provide their own drivers to third parties anyway. Anyone writing a
partitioning tool was supposed to provide their own. So, if you used
a third party product to setup your disk, you don't have the official
Apple drivers. This is obvious sometimes in a MacOS upgrade, because
the upgrader fails trying to update the driver. In some cases, it was
even required to get an updated driver from the third party and
install that first.

It should be possible to write drivers as free software, but I haven't
really looked at any documentation for it. It might be really tricky
to compile them on Linux, tho. I suspect they are actually 68k code.
I'll see what I can find on Apple's site in terms of documentation,
but I won't promise anything. If it does happen, it might make the
68k folks happy as well, since all the old Macs are similarly picky.

	Brad Boyer

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