[Coco] RBF Format CDROM

Boisy G. Pitre boisy at boisypitre.com
Wed May 26 16:27:00 EDT 2004


RBF is OS-9's Random Block File format, so pretty much any disk 
formatted under OS-9 is an RBF formatted disk.

Making an RBF CD entails a bit of work.  The major steps are:

(1) Creating an RBF 'disk image' on a host system, such as Linux or 
(2) Using a tool like 'os9' which can copy/to from RBF disk images and 
the host file system.
(3) Taking that image and burning it onto a CD.

Both #1 and #2 require cocotools (was os9tools) running on the 
platform.  I've been meaning to get a release of these tools out into 
the public but time hasn't permitted.

I've got it on good authority that Chris Hawks will very soon be 
working on a port of his CDF file manager to NitrOS-9.  CDF currently 
runs on OS-9/68K, and can read ISO9660 CDs.  With this on the CoCo, it 
would be a moot point to make an RBF CD, since PC CDs would be readable 
on a CoCo.


On May 26, 2004, at 2:56 PM, Coco Pilot wrote:

> Guys,
> I've ordered a SuperIDE from Mark Marlette, and I'm getting ready to 
> use it :)
> I'd like to burn a RBF cdrom with the os9 files I've collected over 
> the years, and
> I think I saw a posting from Boisy about drivers that can read RBF 
> cdroms.
> How can I create an RBF cdrom from linux or windows?  A search on 
> google
> didn't return anything about this format.
> Thanks,
> -Ben
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