How can I mount a Minix filesystem in Ubuntu? I'm trying to do

sudo mount -o loop,offset=1024 -t minix B30M biggy/

and I get

mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/loop0, missing codepage or helper program, or other error In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try dmesg | tail or so


  • ... and when you do dmesg | tail as the error suggests, is there anything minix related? – quack quixote Nov 27 '09 at 18:59

Are you sure that you need the offset? Thats an unusual option to use, usually a filesystem will start at the beginning of the file.


sudo mount -o loop -t minix B30M biggy/

On the other hand, if you do require the offset, are you sure that's the right number? Try looking through the file for a minix filesystem magic number.

This should identify any possible Minix filesystems

od -Ad -x B30M | grep 0410

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Try the following command to find it:

dmesg | grep minix

Which gives an output like:

sdb1: <minix: sdb5 sdb6 sdb7>
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Are you trying to mount a Minux3 file system? As I recall, only Minix2 file systems are supported by Linux.

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  • no, minix2 :D have you done this before? – Manuel Araoz Nov 27 '09 at 16:23

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