Re: msdos FS bug

Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH (
Mon, 06 Jul 1998 19:12:17 -0300

In message <Pine.LNX.3.96.980706181922.584A-100000@eiterra>, "Phillip R.
" writes:
| On Mon, 6 Jul 1998, Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH wrote:
| If it produces pure TRASH when you do an ls -l on the partition, it's
| corrupted! The other way to tell is in DOS, invalid media type, or It Just

What looks like TRASH to us doesn't always look that way to the computer.

As to the media type, the msdos fs used to use it... at which point it was
discovered that not all versions and variants of DOS bother to set it

| Won't Boot(tm) in a dual-boot configuration. Can't miss it when you hit

So we have to execute the boot block (read: *boot* it) or interpret it
(faster to just do a full partition scan...) to find out?

brandon s. allbery	[os/2][linux][solaris][japh]
system administrator	     [WAY too many hats]
electrical and computer engineering
carnegie mellon university			   (bsa@kf8nh is still valid.)

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