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 Reading a Solaris 2.6 disk
I have an external SCSI disk which had been attached to a SPARC
running Solaris 2.6. The sun has died and I would like to attach the
disk to a PC and read it. I have tried:

* FreeBSD. Complains about bad superblock when mounting as ufs. Is
this expected? (i.e. are freebsd ufs and solaris ufs incompatable).

* Linux. Recognizes a range of different types of ufs. Unfortunately
mount segmentation faults when used. There is some chance that
swapping kernels and messing about will eventually get it to work.

Can NetBSD on a PC mount and read a SPARC Solaris 2.6 disk?

 Thu, 21 Oct 2004 23:50:19 GMT   
 Reading a Solaris 2.6 disk

Perhaps you will be able to do it:

First of all, check question 9.29 in the Solaris-x86 FAQ (available
at Solaris has added some extensions, in the
form of additional inode fields, to support access control lists (ACLs);
perhaps it is the problem you have found when mounting that filesystem.

I am not sure about the differences in the endianess character of SPARC
(big-endian) and x86 (little-endian) processors. I think that byte order
should not be a big problem.

In any case, I have a SPARC workstation, working with Solaris 2.6
here, in the University of Oviedo. If you want it, I can recover the
data for you. But I am sure you will have a chance to recover the
filesystem contents in CSIC too.


Igor Sobrado, UK34436 -

 Mon, 25 Oct 2004 21:41:38 GMT   
 Reading a Solaris 2.6 disk
On 5 May 2002 08:50:19 -0700, (Andy) wrote:

No. For sake of performance unix filesystems with the wrong endianess won't
mount, even between x86 Solaris and Sparc Solaris. I haven't tried to mount a
Sparc NetBSD disk on a x86 NetBSD box but would expect it to fail (ignoring the
different disk labels)

The best thing is to ask in Sun groups for someone in the neighborhood who has a
Mit freundlichen Gr?en

Dipl.-Ing. Frank-Christian Krgel
IstDa Kommunikationssysteme

 Tue, 26 Oct 2004 05:26:27 GMT   
 Reading a Solaris 2.6 disk
| >Can NetBSD on a PC mount and read a SPARC Solaris 2.6 disk?

  It might. There is a kernel option FFS_EI (FFS Endian Independant


 Tue, 26 Oct 2004 07:31:17 GMT   
 Reading a Solaris 2.6 disk
Martin J. Laubach <> wrote:

I supposed that it was true. I read something about the Fast File System
endian independant support in the past, but I was not sure. That was
the reason I wrote that I was not sure about the byte order, but I
supposed that it was not a real problem.

Thanks a lot for the note!

Igor Sobrado, UK34436 -

 Tue, 26 Oct 2004 14:40:17 GMT   
 Reading a Solaris 2.6 disk
In article <>,
NetBSD has support for endian switching the relevent parts of
the FS structures. Its not enabled in the GENERIC kernel at least not in
the current source tree I have here. Compiling a kernel with the FFS_EI
option enabled may get things further though.


 Wed, 27 Oct 2004 02:14:27 GMT   
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