Transfering files from Mac

Transfering files from Mac

Post by Fred Puh » Mon, 31 Aug 1998 04:00:00



Hi all,

Is it possible to use a Mac to retrieve Linux binaries from an Internet
site and then transfer these binaries to a PC running Linux or Win95?
If I download to my Mac's hard disk and then copy to a DOS-formatted
floppy, will my Linux machine be able to recognize the disk?

 
 
 

Transfering files from Mac

Post by Rod Smi » Mon, 31 Aug 1998 04:00:00


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Quote:> Hi all,

> Is it possible to use a Mac to retrieve Linux binaries from an Internet
> site and then transfer these binaries to a PC running Linux or Win95?

Yes, assuming it's not a particularly ancient Mac (any Mac with 1.44MB
floppy support should work for floppy transfers; or you can use a Zip
disk, etc.).

Quote:> If I download to my Mac's hard disk and then copy to a DOS-formatted
> floppy, will my Linux machine be able to recognize the disk?

Yes, but I don't know if you'd preserve long filenames that way.  It's
possible to read Mac-formatted floppies (or Zip disks or whatever) using
either the hfstools package or a Linux HFS (Mac filesystem) driver.  The
latter is available from http://www-sccm.Stanford.EDU/~hargrove/HFS/ as a
kernel patch for 2.0.x kernels, or is included in at least recent 2.1.x
kernels.

Note that you can't transfer things on Mac-format 400kB or 800kB
floppies, as these use a low-level format that the standard PC floppy
controller simply cannot read.  You'll need to use 1.44MB floppies, or a
Zip or other high-capacity removable disk.  In principle, you could also
use a CD-R disc, tape drive, etc., but the options and complications start
to explode when looking at all those possibilities.

--
Rod Smith

http://www.users.fast.net/~rodsmith
NOTE: Remove the digit and following word from my address to mail me

 
 
 

Transfering files from Mac

Post by Fred Puh » Mon, 31 Aug 1998 04:00:00



> > Is it possible to use a Mac to retrieve Linux binaries from an Internet
> > site and then transfer these binaries to a PC running Linux or Win95?

> Yes, assuming it's not a particularly ancient Mac (any Mac with 1.44MB
> floppy support should work for floppy transfers; or you can use a Zip
> disk, etc.).

Many thanks to Rod Smith for this very clear and precise answer:

Quote:> > If I download to my Mac's hard disk and then copy to a DOS-formatted
> > floppy, will my Linux machine be able to recognize the disk?

> Yes, but I don't know if you'd preserve long filenames that way.  It's
> possible to read Mac-formatted floppies (or Zip disks or whatever) using
> either the hfstools package or a Linux HFS (Mac filesystem) driver.  The
> latter is available from http://www-sccm.Stanford.EDU/~hargrove/HFS/ as a
> kernel patch for 2.0.x kernels, or is included in at least recent 2.1.x
> kernels.

I'd also like to publicly thank Peter Polman, Ed Young and Matt Sergeant
(no URLs given to protect against UCEs!) for their responses to an
earlier question about XF86Config.  You know, it's true what they say:
you CAN get support for Linux -- usually quicker and more accurate than
that which you get from M****soft and other commercial OS vendors --
just by asking.  This is a great development in the computing industry!
 
 
 

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