Re: [bug report] umsdos ruins ext2 file system

Drew Eckhardt (
Wed, 19 Jul 1995 23:37:22 -0600

In message <>, cloister@hhh writes:
>> Date: Sun, 16 Jul 1995 18:04:31 +0500
>> From: "Theodore Ts'o" <tytso@MIT.EDU>
>> Actually, due to complaints about this issue, 0.5b mke2fs will zap the
>> boot sector when creates the filesystem.
>> Let me clarify something --- 0.5b is already released; if your
>> filesystem was created using 0.5b mke2fs, you won't need to worry about
>> the FAT magic number being present in the book sector.
>that's cool. so do those of us with ext2 filesystems older than that
>need to worry about what may or may not be in our boot sectors?

Some of us have never contaminated our hard drives with DOS, and
don't have to worry about it :-)

>if so what do you recommend that we do about it?

Those of you Silly Enough to have done that could allways do a
dd if=/dev/zero of=whereever bs=512 count=1