explore2fs, the linux file system utility for windows nt copyright (c) 2005 john newbigin 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 of the license, or (at your option) any later version. this program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. see the gnu general public license for more details. you should have received a copy of the gnu general public license along with this program; if not, write to the free software foundation, inc., 675 mass ave, cambridge, ma 02139, usa. what is this program? --------------------this is an explorer like program which can read and interpret the second extended file system (ext2) and the third extended filesystem (ext3). why is it written in delphi? ---------------------------i like delphi. it allows great user interfaces to be designed in a very short amount of time. the problem is however that processing large amounts of data, or performing pointer arithmetic is difficult and clumsy. so i decided that i would take the challenge and write a useful program in delphi. where did the name explore2fs come from? ---------------------------------------my first working name was ex2fs explorer. to write. why is this not a filesystem driver? -----------------------------------now it is. i have developed an ifs for windows nt/2k/xp/2k3. see http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/ext2ifs.htm for details. what os does it run on? ----------------------windows windows windows windows windows windows windows 95 98 me nt 2000 xp 2003 server it was shortened to make it easier

win32s is not supported

has it been tested? ------------------read support has been extensivly tested on many machines, ide and scsi. works with all blocks sizes, 1k, 2k and 4k. some people have problems under 95/98/me. further down. it

please read the section on windows 95

i something doesn't seem to be working, enable full debugging and send me a copy of the debug log along with a description of the problem and i will try and fix it. what doesn't work? -----------------for a more complete list of features, look at the changes file. special information for windows 95/98/me ---------------------------------------the disk reading implementation for windows 95/98/me is clumsy at best. more information read this web page http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/diskio/index.htm for

as of 1.00 pre2, there is support for extended interupt 13. this should solve most problems with large disks under 95/98/me but there are still some issues. people who use fance partitioning tools (like partitionmagic) often have problems. all disks should have a boot sector. for hard disks this will not be a problem, but if you have a linux floppy, you will have to copy a standard dos boot sector onto it. this can be done by the following commands: - insert a dos disk in fd0 (or whatever your floppy drive is) - type: dd if=/dev/fd0 of=/tmp/bootsector.dos bs=512 count=1 - insert your linux disk, or type: mke2fs /dev/fd0 (to create a new one) - type: dd of=/dev/fd0 if=/tmp/bootsector.dos bs=512 count=1 and you should be right. note: do not do this to your hard disk! or you will end up crying. windows nt/xp/2k/2k3 -------------------as of version 1.00 pre4 there is support for nt native io. this bypasses the win32 api and uses ntdll.dll directly. this means that the partition devices used internaly by nt can be used. this means that my parition scan code is not used which should solve problems people have with partition magic. the down side is that you don't know the partition type, number or size. this means that the partitions are labeled wrong (or at least differently) to the previous method. using user names and group names

-------------------------------if you want to display user names and group names instead of id's, you can select a passwd file and group file from the options dialog. first you should export the appropriate files from you linux partition. if you don't want to use this feature, remove the file names in the options dialog. note that the same user names and gropus are used for all partitions. floppy support -------------if you want to use floppy support, you will have to make sure that floppy support is selected under the general options. the floppy drive will show up as fda0. if you have a ls-120 drive, or other non-floppy floppy drive (ie. not on the floppy bus (meaning ide or scsi)) then you may have it partitioned. if partitions are found, they will show up as fda1, fda2 etc. where do i find the latest version? ----------------------------------my linux homepage is at http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/ this page will contain the latest information and versions of all my linux related software. how do i contact the author? i can be contacted by e-mail: jn@it.swin.edu.au or snail-mail john newbigin 8 robinson ct. north bayswater 3151 vic australia what if i want to send you money? --------------------------------i by no means expect people to send me money, but if you feel like contributing financially then you can use paypal to send money to jn@it.swin.edu.au you might also want to send me an email letting me know so i can collect the money.

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