Bug 2077 - New -g (for geometry) feature allows mkfs.msdos of a loop device.
Summary: New -g (for geometry) feature allows mkfs.msdos of a loop device.
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mkdosfs
Version: 5.2
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Cristian Gafton
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URL: ftp://www.sharethenet.com/pub/mkfs.ms...
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Reported: 1999-04-09 02:04 UTC by john
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-08-18 14:29:46 UTC

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Description john 1999-04-09 02:04:04 UTC
New -g option in mkfs.msdos.  For example,

mkfs.msdos -g 2880,18,2,80 /dev/loop0

will format the file the loop device is attached to.  Now
you can mount it and put files on it.

Download the patch from the URL

Comment 1 David Lawrence 1999-04-14 21:24:59 UTC
Thank you for the suggestion. It has been noted and assigned to a

Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-08-18 14:29:59 UTC
Patch included in mkdosfs-ygg-0.3b-12. Thanks for the pointer.

Comment 3 Matt Wilson 1999-08-18 17:20:59 UTC
There is a new version of dosfstools.  This new version already
includes features that allow you to make dos filesystems on loopback
devices, and has an active maintainer.  Future versions of Red Hat
Linux will include the new dosfstools package.  You can find the
source at:


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