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A translator for the MINIX file system

From: rreale
Subject: A translator for the MINIX file system
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 21:05:44 +0200
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  I am studying the Hurd and, as an exercise, have modified the ext2fs
translator and adapted it to the MINIX file system.  This project is far
from being finished, and, as yet, very little of the new translator does
  Large portions of code are pretty confused and shall be rewritten, on
account of some deep differences between the two file systems: for instance,
the directory entries are of a fixed size in MINIX, hence the directory
handling routines can be simplified and rewritten in a more ``natural''
  Of course, I will continue working at the translator, and will start in
time a porting of the two utilities `mkfs.minix' and `fsck.minix' from
  Although pretty useless now, the current version of the translator is
to be found at


Roberto Reale

P.S.:  I have some perplexities about the proper way, in which one should
update the copyright notice.  I have added a comment to each heading, to
explain the the code has been modified by me, but have left unchanged the
remainder, being uncertain whether I should update the copyright year too.
For example,

*** ext2fs/dir.c        Sun Jul 20 20:16:37 2003
--- minixfs/dir.c       Sun Jul 20 20:16:44 2003
*** 3,8 ****
--- 3,11 ----
     Copyright (C) 1994,95,96,97,98,99,2000,01,02 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
     Converted for ext2fs by Miles Bader <miles@gnu.org>
+    Modified for the MINIX filesystem from the original for the ext2
+    filesystem by Roberto Reale <rreale@iol.it>.
     This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
     modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as
     published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at

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