blank.amigaDOSDisk {adfExplorer}R Documentation

Create blank disk with file system

Description

Create a virtual blank DOS formatted floppy disk with a file system on it.

Usage

## S4 method for signature 'character'
blank.amigaDOSDisk(
  diskname,
  disktype = c("DD", "HD"),
  filesystem = c("OFS", "FFS"),
  international = F,
  dir.cache = F,
  bootable = T,
  creation.date = Sys.time()
)

Arguments

diskname

A character string of the desired disk name. Disk name should be between 1 and 30 characters long, and should not contain any colon or forward slash characters.

disktype

Either "DD" (double density, most common and therefore default) or "HD" (high denisity). The type of disk the blank disk should represent.

filesystem

Either "OFS" (old file system) or "FFS" (fast file system). FFS is not compatible with Amiga OS <2.0. On the original system, the FFS was slightly faster and can requires less data for the file system. It is however less robust: on corrupt disks, file recovery is more difficult.

international

The international mode was introduced in Amiga OS 2.0. In lower versions, international characters were mistakenly not converted to uppercase when comparing file names. The international mode (set this argument to TRUE) corrects this mistake. The international mode is not compatible with Amiga OS <2.0.

dir.cache

The directory cache mode (set this argument to TRUE) was introduced with Amiga OS 3.0 (and is not compatible with lower versions). On real machines this allowed for slightly faster directory listing (but costs disk space). The directory cache mode is always used in combination with the 'international mode'.

bootable

When this argument is set to TRUE. Minimal executable code is added to the bootblock. This code will open the command line interface when the disk is used to boot the system. In Amiga OS >2.0, the 'Startup-Sequence' file needs to be present for this, otherwise the screen will remain black on booting. See also the boot.block.code data.

creation.date

A POSIXt object. Will be used and stored as the creation date of the virtual disk. Note that the Amiga does not store the time zone and UTC is assumed as default. The Amiga stores the date and time as positive integers, relative to 1st of January in 1978. As a result, dates before that are not allowed.

Details

Creates a blank amigaDisk object. This method differs from the object constructor (new("amigaDisk")) because it also installs a file system on the disk. The blank disk can thus be used to write files onto, and is also usable in Amiga emulators. For use in emulators, the object needs to be saved with the write.adf method.

Value

Returns a blank amigaDisk object with a file system installed on it.

Author(s)

Pepijn de Vries

Examples

## Create a blank virtual disk compatible with
## Amiga OS 1.x and up (Note that spaces in file and
## disk names are allowed but not recommended):
disk.os1x <- blank.amigaDOSDisk(diskname = "I'm_OS_1.x_compatible",
                                disktype = "DD",
                                filesystem = "OFS",
                                international = FALSE,
                                dir.cache = FALSE,
                                bootable = TRUE)

## create a disk that is compatible with OS 2.x and up
## (no backward compatibility):
disk.os2x <- blank.amigaDOSDisk(diskname = "I'm_OS_2.x_compatible",
                                disktype = "DD",
                                filesystem = "FFS",
                                international = TRUE,
                                dir.cache = FALSE,
                                bootable = TRUE)

## create a disk that is compatible with OS 3.x and up
## (no backward compatibility):
disk.os3x <- blank.amigaDOSDisk(diskname = "I'm_OS_3.x_compatible",
                                disktype = "DD",
                                filesystem = "FFS",
                                international = TRUE,
                                dir.cache = TRUE,
                                bootable = TRUE)

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