Re: debian filesystem inside a file
On Mon, 2002-11-25 at 23:31, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 24, 2002 at 09:15:24PM -0600, Jason Pepas wrote:
> > i was wondering if it is possible to install debian, using a file as a
> > partition. Sort of like how BeOS will install inside windows, creating its
> > filesystem in a file.
> > I think this has been done with umsdos, but what about under NTFS? Is there
> > any hope of that?
> I doubt it. While you can load a file system from a file (it's called
> loopback mounting), you can't on an NTFS partition. MS not only refuses
> to document it, but they keep changing the format in various new and
> exciting (and incompatible) ways, and there are no Free drivers which
> understand NTFS well enough to safely write to it.
I guess if debian was running under NT in something like VMWare, it
could do all its FS calls via NT. Or you could run NT under debian with
VMWare, and NFS mount the disk ...