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mtools: "is a public domain collection of tools to allow Unix systems to manipulate MS-DOS files: read, write, and move around files on an MS-DOS filesystem (typically a floppy disk)."

The above is quoted from man mtools.

I was just about to write to some mailing lists to ask what the advantages of the single-rooted filesystem tree in Linux were (see LinuxFrustrations) then I thought some -- I know some of the advantages -- you can put a device anywhere in the tree withut regard to a system "arbitrarily assigined" drive letter. Then I thought I should ask, if *nix were being designed today would you still include the single rooted tree, and the answer is yes, but I'd have it optional, i.e., allow access to some things outside the single rooted tree. Then (not ever having used mtools) I wondered if maybe mtools already allowed that, and it does!

Also, in a slightly different sense, you can access some devices in "raw mode" (as, e.g., /dev/fd0) outside the single rooted tree, but at least AFAIK, that is not very helpful because of the "rawness".

For a while, I was ignoring mtools as a crutch -- not the Linux way or something, but I now think they provide a valuable option that should remain a part of Linux -- simple access to devices "outside" the single-rooted filesystem tree.


  • RandyKramer - 06 Feb 2002
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