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+BeOS filesystem for Linux
+
+Document last updated: Dec 6, 2001
+
+WARNING
+=======
+Make sure you understand that this is alpha software. This means that the
+implementation is neither complete nor well-tested.
+
+I DISCLAIM ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY POSSIBLE BAD EFFECTS OF THIS CODE!
+
+LICENSE
+=====
+This software is covered by the GNU General Public License.
+See the file COPYING for the complete text of the license.
+Or the GNU website: <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/licenses.html>
+
+AUTHOR
+=====
+The largest part of the code written by Will Dyson <will_dyson@pobox.com>
+He has been working on the code since Aug 13, 2001. See the changelog for
+details.
+
+Original Author: Makoto Kato <m_kato@ga2.so-net.ne.jp>
+His original code can still be found at:
+<http://hp.vector.co.jp/authors/VA008030/bfs/>
+Does anyone know of a more current email address for Makoto? He doesn't
+respond to the address given above...
+
+This filesystem doesn't have a maintainer.
+
+WHAT IS THIS DRIVER?
+==================
+This module implements the native filesystem of BeOS http://www.beincorporated.com/
+for the linux 2.4.1 and later kernels. Currently it is a read-only
+implementation.
+
+Which is it, BFS or BEFS?
+================
+Be, Inc said, "BeOS Filesystem is officially called BFS, not BeFS".
+But Unixware Boot Filesystem is called bfs, too. And they are already in
+the kernel. Because of this naming conflict, on Linux the BeOS
+filesystem is called befs.
+
+HOW TO INSTALL
+==============
+step 1. Install the BeFS patch into the source code tree of linux.
+
+Apply the patchfile to your kernel source tree.
+Assuming that your kernel source is in /foo/bar/linux and the patchfile
+is called patch-befs-xxx, you would do the following:
+
+ cd /foo/bar/linux
+ patch -p1 < /path/to/patch-befs-xxx
+
+if the patching step fails (i.e. there are rejected hunks), you can try to
+figure it out yourself (it shouldn't be hard), or mail the maintainer
+(Will Dyson <will_dyson@pobox.com>) for help.
+
+step 2. Configuration & make kernel
+
+The linux kernel has many compile-time options. Most of them are beyond the
+scope of this document. I suggest the Kernel-HOWTO document as a good general
+reference on this topic. http://www.linuxdocs.org/HOWTOs/Kernel-HOWTO-4.html
+
+However, to use the BeFS module, you must enable it at configure time.
+
+ cd /foo/bar/linux
+ make menuconfig (or xconfig)
+
+The BeFS module is not a standard part of the linux kernel, so you must first
+enable support for experimental code under the "Code maturity level" menu.
+
+Then, under the "Filesystems" menu will be an option called "BeFS
+filesystem (experimental)", or something like that. Enable that option
+(it is fine to make it a module).
+
+Save your kernel configuration and then build your kernel.
+
+step 3. Install
+
+See the kernel howto <http://www.linux.com/howto/Kernel-HOWTO.html> for
+instructions on this critical step.
+
+USING BFS
+=========
+To use the BeOS filesystem, use filesystem type 'befs'.
+
+ex)
+ mount -t befs /dev/fd0 /beos
+
+MOUNT OPTIONS
+=============
+uid=nnn All files in the partition will be owned by user id nnn.
+gid=nnn All files in the partition will be in group nnn.
+iocharset=xxx Use xxx as the name of the NLS translation table.
+debug The driver will output debugging information to the syslog.
+
+HOW TO GET LASTEST VERSION
+==========================
+
+The latest version is currently available at:
+<http://befs-driver.sourceforge.net/>
+
+ANY KNOWN BUGS?
+===========
+As of Jan 20, 2002:
+
+ None
+
+SPECIAL THANKS
+==============
+Dominic Giampalo ... Writing "Practical file system design with Be filesystem"
+Hiroyuki Yamada ... Testing LinuxPPC.
+
+
+