SPEC: Support existing dirty flag on a (v)FAT file system

Onno Benschop onno at itmaze.com.au
Wed Mar 21 06:32:52 UTC 2007

On 21/03/07 14:28, Mike Fedyk wrote:
> Onno Benschop wrote:
>> On 21/03/07 03:32, Mike Fedyk wrote:
>>> Onno Benschop wrote:
>>>> As more and more users have access to USB sticks, external drives,
>>>> digital cameras and larger drives that co-exist with other operating
>>>> systems, dosfstools needs to participate in the existing file system
>>>> integrity procedures, rather than just fix every (v)FAT partition it
>>>> encounters.
>>>> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SpecificationDosDirtyFlag
>>> It is not mentioned, but I assume you intend to support the standard
>>> flags to check a filesystem even if the dirty flag is not set.  Is
>>> that right?
>> That is indeed the intent. It exists in the spec under Implementation,
>> but I concede the wording could do with some work:
>>     A flag should be created to force a check on a clean file system for
>>     command line use. 
> Ok, be sure to use the same flags used by fsck.ext3 as they translate
> to vfat.
> Mike
Unfortunately I cannot use the same flags, because it is already used. I
updated the spec to suggest "-c" for check clean, because -f is in use.

Onno Benschop

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