FreeBSD partition

Jamie Paul Griffin jamie at
Wed Nov 14 05:07:35 PST 2012

/ Chris Jones wrote on Wed 14.Nov'12 at 12:23:25 +0000 /

> On 14/11/12 12:08, Jamie Paul Griffin wrote:
> >/ Stapleton, Steven J. (James) wrote on Wed 14.Nov'12 at 11:30:59 +0000 /
> >
> >>>without any polemic, i does not understand why OS X
> >>>cannot mount (at least "RDONLY" a ufs partition...
> >>
> >>As an avid FreeBSD user, I don't think I've found any way to mount it, even RO on Linux or Windows either, although there's options for ext[2-4] on Windows, and a whole slew of other on Linux. I think it amounts to the relatively low popularity of FreeBSD on the desktop market (where you'll see dual booting). It's a shame, but rather understandable. Nobody's found it worth the effort to port to other OSes. If I had the skill, I certainly would.
> >>
> >>-Jim Stapleton
> >
> >I might be completely wrong here, but what about installing FreeBSD on a pen/flash drive and mounting it from that, would that be possible? It's not something i've ever looked into - not yet anyway - but there must be some way around it. Of course that option might not be desirable anyway to the OP.
> You suggest installing FreeBSD on a pen drive, then booting the mac
> from that ? Not sure that would work well, if at all.
> Better I wuld say to install FreeBSD as a virtual machine, and mount
> the disk in that, whilst still running OSX as the host OS. You could
> then set the VM up to share the UFS drive back to the host machine.
> Chris

Yes, it was just a thought, obviously a rubbish one :-)  - The VM would be work well, i've got quite a few versions of FreeBSD running in VM's on my Lion machine. 

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