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Old 02-18-2018, 10:32 AM   #1
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File system FreeBSD and Linux can both read and write to


I am in the process of migrating to FreeBSD from Slackware Linux. What I am interested in is a format that both can read and write to. Initially to format my passport and transfer data. Next I will explore a dual boot
ext2 is one I understand will work
 
Old 02-18-2018, 10:43 AM   #2
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You can use etx2/ext3, NTFS, FAT
 
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Old 02-19-2018, 06:04 AM   #3
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I always stick with vfat when I want to transfer between BSD & Linux - sometimes even ext2 isn't recognised.
 
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This question comes up a lot. It helps to refer to the documentation: https://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.IS...ems-linux.html

(Note the caveats with respect to ext3/ext4)

vFAT is supported natively for rw.

I believe NTFS is only supported by ports (via FUSE as I recall). (not sure if ro or rw)
 
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Old 02-19-2018, 10:46 AM   #5
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This question comes up a lot. It helps to refer to the documentation: https://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.IS...ems-linux.html

(Note the caveats with respect to ext3/ext4)

vFAT is supported natively for rw.

I believe NTFS is only supported by ports (via FUSE as I recall). (not sure if ro or rw)
Yeah, I was just hoping against hope that maybe something was different now and maybe the docs were not up to date. I see now that the handbook is top notch and second to no other. I went with ext2 for my 1T passport and also re-partitoned and formatted my hard drive. Slackware Linux is now on ext2 and FreeBSD is on the other half. The lilo bootloader has been edited to provide an entry for FreeBSD.
All is good.
Thanks for the responses
 
Old 03-01-2018, 08:21 PM   #6
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ext3/ext2 are obviously rw-ly FreeBSD and Linux shared (ext4 are ro for FreeBSD), however in FreeBSD you need to install packages for /compat/linux.
EFI also needs to support msdosfs 0755 permissions for 0:0 for both FreeBSD and Linux.

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Old 03-05-2018, 12:27 PM   #7
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I use grub4dos bootloader and have Debian installed to ext3 (along with a chain from grub4dos menu.lst to Debian installed grub2). I use another ext3 partition for data, and have OpenBSD installed on another partition. ext3 for the shared data partition works well as Linux can mount that as though it were ext4 whilst OpenBSD sees it as ext2.

Not sure about Slackware and FreeBSD, but guess it might be similar in ext3 being a nice midway choice for sharing a data partition rw by both.
 
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