[RndTbl] Quick question about formatting a Mac partition under Linux

Mike Pfaiffer mpfaiffer at callapple.org
Fri Sep 23 12:20:33 CDT 2005

On September 23, 2005 10:38 am, Gilles Detillieux wrote this amazing epistle:
> Mike Pfaiffer wrote:
> >  How?
> >
> >  I'm able to do Linux and M$ partitions successfully on my PC with Fedora
> > 2. I want to see how to do it so I can write an article on it. I'll admit
> > to only a one hour google search today (I was so happy to get ANYTHING
> > working I had to test it as soon as I could). I found a lot of pages
> > referring to Linux on the Mac and a bunch of pages saying they were out
> > of date with the 2.4 kernel. I *should* be able to test the Mac/HFS
> > partition this weekend.
> >
> >  The odd thing is if I had the USB card for my Apple// I could format it
> > there... Unfortunately I've already blown a bunch of money on the new
> > harddrive (on sale at Itech) and USB box.
> >
> >     Later
> >     Mike
> What I could glean from a quick couple Google searches was that you need
> to get and build the diskdev_cmds package from Darwin, using a patch to
> make it compile on Linux (there seems to be some of these floating
> around on the web).  Then you use the newfs or newfs_hfs program from
> that package.

 Thanks. I'll grab the package this afternoon. It turns out a couple of Mac 
people may benefit from this as well (they are newbies and want me to format 
harddrives on my machine for them - one couldn't get a 200GB drive working 


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