Re: FireWire disk - sharing with an iBook?
James Tappin wrote:
On Thu, 29 Jan 2004 19:05:14 +0000
James Tappin <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I have a Lacie Firewire pocket drive. I'd rather like to be able to use
it on both my Debian (Sid) box and my iBook (Mac OsX).
I have no problems making it accessible to either machine but neither
seems to be able to read the other's partition table. Is there any way
to be able to read a Mac partition table on the Linux box or to write a
partition table on the Linux box that will be readable on the Mac?
The fact that a colleague has a USB keyring solid-state disk that is
readable on Mac, Linux and Windows without any problems suggests that it
should be possible
I know it's generally bad form to reply to one's own posts, but for the
benefit of anyone searching the archives for a solution to a similar
problem I'll describe the resolution.
If you format the disk on the Mac you're pretty much on a non-starter,
although the Debian kernel config has "CONFIG_MAC_PARTITION=y" it won't
recognize the partition table (does than only handle OS9 and below
Format the disk on the Linux PC and create a single partition at number 4
(remember ZIP disks?). Create an Ext2 filesystem on the partition, and add
a world-writable directory to it. Then provided you have the ext2 package
for the Mac (locatable via macupdate.com) you have disk that can be used
on both boxes.
The one thing I still don't understand is how the USB keyring whcih shoed
up at partition 1 was seen by the Mac.
for the record: I am using iPod formatted for Mac (as it came from
Apple) and it is recognized and works. I compiled kernel with both mac
partitions (CONFIG_MAC_PARTITION=y) and mac filesystems
(CONFIG_HFS_FS=m) and of course firewire support (number of
iPod works as harddrive (looks like scsi hd), not sure whether other
HDs would work...
BTW I assume it would work under mac but I haven't tried it:-)