Wonder if Jason's mind was on something else ;)
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Perhaps. At a guess they're the maps for FileCore formatted MassFS discs,
in the same way that ADFS has dynamic areas for its disc maps. Unlike
previous versions MassFS ~=2 supports FileCore formatted media (and so gets
around the 2GB DOSFS limit). So 'MassFS FC' or maybe 'MassFC' would make
has the details.
>At the WAUG (Wessex ARM User Group) meeting last weekend one of our members
>brought along an A9. Whilst having a play with it, I noticed that in the
>task display under dynamic areas there are 3 areas starting with MassFC. Am
>I right in assuming this is an typo in the latest version of MassFS (1.98)
>that is supplied with the A9?
>Wonder if Jason's mind was on something else ;)
My A9 has 3 MassFC:
> At the WAUG (Wessex ARM User Group) meeting last weekend one of our members
> brought along an A9. Whilst having a play with it, I noticed that in the
> task display under dynamic areas there are 3 areas starting with MassFC. Am
> I right in assuming this is an typo in the latest version of MassFS (1.98)
> that is supplied with the A9?
It's not a typo (nor the latest non-league football team) - under RISC
OS, you can't have two filing systems of the same name, nor the same
number, and as I was asked to add FileCore support into MassFS, it
seemed the logical choice.
I could've switched MassFS over to FileCore (I've done that kind of
thing before), but you've got to declare how many discs you want when
you initialise the filing system - which means you either:
1) Have a load of unused dynamic areas (I got moaned at that for RMFS)
2) Have a configuration option (like other apps) - I had a very early A9
and it was in a state of flux, so I avoided that
3) Make it so it reinitialises itself when you insert drives more than
the current number (which would cause all open files to be closed - very
4) Have the two filing systems
Since you can already have >8 MassFS drives present at one time (useful
for those n-in-1 cards), it would've potentially restricted existing
user's use. So I went for the latter. I don't think that you'd have more
than 2 FileCore discs mounted at the same time - if you do ... well,
tough (at this moment in time).
Easy way to remember it:
MassFS = Mass storage:FileSwitch
MassFC = Mass storage:FileCore
If you've got the right flag for the device, the filer checks to see if
it's FileCore formatted, and if it is, opens MassFC::<name>.$;
otherwise, it will open MassFS::<name>.$ (and not use up one of the
I've used it with a 40G IDE drive on USB. I must stress that this drive
was FileCore formatted, which means it can not be read by Windows/MacOS
(I'll draw the line at Linux, since there is an ADFS partition reader
for it - although I haven't tried it). MassFS 1.9x+ does not allow you
to have FAT16 discs > 2G. (Just in case anyone tries it! If you do, I
reserve the right to call you "pudding head" :) ).
I suppose this would be added to the "Simtec USB technical" guide that
Theo linked to :)
> Wonder if Jason's mind was on something else ;)
Too many things :/ 0-60 in 4 seconds is the current thing :)
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The Dynamic areas aren't owned by the filing system, but by the filing
systems instance of FileCore on RISC OS 4 and above, e.g. FileCore%ADFS
On 13 Sep 2006 "Mark Fraser (News)" <mfr...@ukgateway.net> wrote:
> I noticed that in the task display under dynamic areas there are 3 areas
> starting with MassFC.
This means the filing system is registing itself as MassFC to FileCore.
Possibly to distinquish itself from the FileSwitch client MassFS.
I suppose it would, except it already has been :)
So it is! :)