FAT

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The File Allocation Table (FAT) filesystem was originally created for use with MS-DOS (and later pre-NT Microsoft Windows); currently a late version of FAT (FAT32) is used for USB flash disks.[1] It has made its way over to Linux systems and has official support in the Linux kernel.

Installation

Kernel

KERNEL Enable FAT support (CONFIG_VFAT_FS)
File systems  --->
   DOS/FAT/NT Filesystems  --->
      <*> VFAT (Windows-95) fs support
      (437) Default codepage for FAT 
      (iso8859-1) Default iocharset for FAT

Emerge

The sys-fs/dosfstools package is needed for FAT userspace utilities:

root #emerge --ask sys-fs/dosfstools

Usage

It should be possible to mount FAT filesystems with the mount command.

Removal

Unmerge

root #emerge --ask --unmerge sys-fs/dosfstools

See also

  • /usr/src/linux/Documentation/filesystems/vfat.txt
  • ext4 - The most popular Linux filesystem.
  • btrfs - A filesystem for Linux aimed at implementing advanced features while focusing on fault tolerance, repair and easy administration.
  • filesystem
  • mount
  • removable media
  • fstab

References