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Re: Mounting a file as a filesystem

On Thu, 5 Dec 1996, Simon Martin wrote:
> I installed Debian on hda as a test and promptly fell in love with it.
> Unfortunately I earn my living developing for Win 3.x/Win 95 and so cannot
> easily repartition my main disk.
> I heard some noise on this list about setting being able to mount a file as
> a filesystem. I would like to know how I can create say a 200MB file on hdb
> (Win 95) and mount it as a filesystem on say /usr.
Doesn't sound like a good idea to use a mounted file as a Linux file
system. Nothing compares to a real ext2 file system. ;-)

If i were you i'd rather repartition by using FIPS-1.5 which does no harm
to your existing data. You can get the most recent information and version
at it's homepage at


I think Debian distributions normally provide FIPS but not the most recent
version with all (minor) bugfixes included. I regularily use FIPS for
splitting harddisk partitions (20 times so far) and never managed to get
data destroyed on any up to now. FIPS is a very secure tool and makes it
possible to undo a partiton splitting without doing harm to the data on
it. Works well with Win95 vfat file systems. 
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