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Old 02-06-2010, 09:17 AM   #1
Moldy01
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Mac Driver for the ext4 file format


A buddy of mine just got himself a new machine. Quad processor, huge RAM, and more disk space than he knows how to use. So he decided to make it a tri-boot machine. He is a Mac 'biggot' (don't we all have our preferences?) but has been developing plugins for Cinema 4-D so he wanted to be able to span the spectrum...

At any rate, we were chatting and he mentioned that he would like to be able to 'see' his Linux (he is using Ubuntu) drive while booted up in his Mac system. He mentioned MacFUSE (a development environment for drivers) but I explained that he would spend a LOT of time trying to develop there since he is NOT a driver guy.

Long story short, I told him that I would ask around to see if anyone knows of a solution to his problem.

So, does anyone out there know of a Mac Driver for ext4???

Thanks,

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Old 02-06-2010, 09:27 AM   #2
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All he needs to do is set up an NFS export from his ubuntu PC, and then mount that on his mac (I don't have any mac stuff, so can't advise in detail, wait! Here you go.)

The fact that 'buntu is using ext4 doesn't matter, as 'buntu will read the filesystem, then send the file over the network. As such, the file is just "network traffic".

Edit: Ahhh! You mean the 'buntu that is on his mac's HDD?
Not possible until mac develops support for ext4. Maybe you could do something with a "virtual machine"?
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:26 AM   #3
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I appreciate the thoughts, but to do the export, he'd need to have the MAC up and running at the same time as the Ubuntu. Since they are on a tri-boot system, that seems unlikely. what I'm looking for is a driver to run on the Mac system that will allow him to peruse his Linux files (on that portion of his disk system). Any thoughts there?

Though I do like the Virtual Machine idea.

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Old 02-06-2010, 10:43 AM   #4
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http://forums.macosxhints.com/showthread.php?p=566020 :
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The last driver that allowed OSX to read and write to Linux file systems was EXT2FS. It allowed mounting of Ext2 file systems, the project apparently has been abandoned since 2006.
If he wants to continue to use ext4, then a VM looks like it might be the way to go. He seems to have plenty enough CPU power and memory.
Please don't ask me how to set this up on a mac!
 
Old 02-06-2010, 10:57 AM   #5
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yeah, we found that one. And that's sort of what we found. Apparently a lack of interest in making Mac compatible...

No, you've struck upon the idea already. I hadn't thought of the VM approach. I'm not a Mac guy either, so this might be interesting.
Thanks for the thoughts.
 
  


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