Subject: Re: why is partition c always the full disk?
To: Paul B Dokas <>
From: Dave McGuire <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/13/1998 15:12:46
On Mon, 13 Jul 1998, Paul B Dokas wrote:
>Why is partition c always the full disk?  My boss is insisting that
>we can use partition c as a normal partition on a *large* RAID and
>I can't think of a good reason for not doing this other than, "it's
>just not done."
>I'd like to be able to point at a bit of code, peferably in the kernel,
>that depends upon partition c being the full disk.  Using it for a
>regular partition gives me the willies.

  It's the full disk for historical reasons...for bad-block scanners, full-disk
dd'ing, and stuff like that.  However, AFAIK, there's nothing to stop you from
actually *using* it for something...I've done it dozens of times under various

                       -Dave McGuire