Subject: Re: Amiga NetBSD different from other NetBSD?
To: der Mouse <mouse@Collatz.McRCIM.McGill.EDU>
From: Markus Illenseer <markus@TechFak.Uni-Bielefeld.DE>
Date: 12/26/1994 22:48:40
On Dec 23, 7:58am, der Mouse wrote:
> Based on what I read here, it sounds as though the Amiga port, unique
> among the NetBSD ports and mildly contrary to BSD tradition, juggles
> the partition numbering at boot time so that (possibly among other
> things) the boot partition is always an `a' partition. This seems to
> be what started this whole flap off.
Partially correct. We had to detect - at boot time - the partitions dedicated
to NetBSD. Hence the DOS-Type (!) of the partitions sets the naming
scheme. One partitions has a special name to be devoted as root-partition,
another for swap, all others as normal BSD-partition.
No juggling, just a specific naming-scheme, which makes the boot partition
the 'a' partition, but not the 'first' partition.