Home > FreeBSD > MacOS HFS and HFS Plus ported to FreeBSD 5.x MacOS HFS and HFS Plus ported to FreeBSD 5.x Eugenia Loli 2003-03-22 FreeBSD 13 Comments Yar Tikhiy has ported Apple’s HFS and HFS Plus filesystem module and tools from Darwin to FreeBSD 5. He says that the port is experimental – he is looking for your help with testing and feedback. Read the announcement at BSDForums. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 13 Comments 2003-03-22 9:07 pm If only someone would port FreeBSD’s UFS2 code to Darwin… 2003-03-22 9:45 pm Ok, I’m on it. When would you like it? Tomorrow? 😉 2003-03-22 9:49 pm Yesterday, of course. 2003-03-22 11:05 pm I’d prefer a port of OpenBFS to FreeBSD 2003-03-22 11:24 pm if one could get Aqua running on FreeBSD 2003-03-23 12:46 am well soon you migth be able to try in netbsd i think they where working on binary compability with osx. 2003-03-23 2:09 am Does FreeBSD support Mac-style partition tables? Now I only need a Windows port of that so I can use my external 1394-drive with HFS+ on both my Mac and PC 2003-03-23 9:23 am If FreeBSD would handle my harddisk correctly, it would be great, no doubt. But I only get resetting ata devices… and non-empty Soft Update buffers destroying the whole UFS partition at shutdown And if NetBSD would not know negative free disk spaces, eg. -5123 bytes free, 102% disk usage We have an apple, so I would perhaps be able to test this HFS support if FreeBSD worked. 2003-03-23 1:33 pm I wonder if it would be possible to use FreeBSD on i386 with HFS+ 2003-03-23 2:02 pm If only someone would port FreeBSD’s UFS2 code to Darwin… If I remember correctly, there was a freebsd5 news posting on http://www.macslash.org. There was a comment from an apple developer, saying that they would definetly look into ufs2. A plain port isn’t enough offcourse, to keep backwards compatibility, it needs support for resource forks and such. 2003-03-23 8:26 pm This is great! Now you can use an iPod with FAT or HFS+ formatting on your FreeBSD PC. That was a big obstacle that the Linux iPod tools team had to overcome. 2003-03-24 1:12 pm There is a PC tool, I forget the name, that will do this without needing any other software…. I used to use it to read Mac HFS CD Rom partitions… Have a look of some of the Mac Emulation sites – something like Emaculation (if it still exists) or maybe a link from the Basilink II site. I think it was called HFV Explorer. Take a look at http://gamma.nic.fi/~lpesonen/HFVExplorer though it looks to only support HFS not HFS+. 2003-03-24 9:13 pm The latest http://gnustep.org provides an awesome base for advanced GUI applicaitons on FreeBSD. OpenSTEP, which GNUStep is based upon, is also the base of the MacOSX application kit.