Why not to, was Re: how to format a floppy in ext2
Quoting Robert Voigt (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> I find the truncation of long filenames on MSDOS floppies really
> annoying. But I haven't found a way to format a floppy in ext2. Fdformat
> is obsolete, and superformat seems to be unable to format ext2. Is there
> something that can do it?
While this thread has probably given you all the information you need
for formatting floppies as ext2, I would recommend that you don't.
As someone pointed out, vfat will give you long filenames (but not
filenames that only differ in case; you didn't want that?).
Remember that floppies don't lock themselves in like many removable
media: the first time you eject a mounted floppy, you'll be left
with the problem of unmounting it cleanly. Once a DOS floppy has
finished writing, it doesn't matter if you forget all about it and
eject it some days later - you can umount it after the event.
Apart from that, I don't trust floppies enough myself just to copy
files onto them; I prefer to use only zip files, which look after
unix filenames, permissions etc., and give you some confidence that
files you copy out of them are error-free.
Finally, you can always get hold of a file if you're unfortunate
enough to be near only non-linux machines by leaving a copy of
unzip.exe on each floppy.
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