Subject: Re: Large Disks / Clean Install
To: Michael Richardson <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/01/1999 16:52:59
On Feb 1, Michael Richardson wrote
>   Yes, identical. I'm pretty sure that I had the same LBA/LARGE/NORMAL.
> One source of frustration is that the "auto" option would pick different
> values.

Already run into this too. On my hardware, I've enven seen auto pick a
different value after a reboot - maybe because the MBR had changed.
Quite hairy.

Now I always force the BIOS to "large".

>   I would have the libsa read a file, i.e. /etc/bootdefault (a la BSDi)
> or maybe even /etc/lilo.conf to get that junk. Yes, agreed... getting it
> to start up the kernel properly will be a challenge, but lilo is open
> source as well, so I read its code. 
>   I would start by getting lilo to load our /boot that has ext2fs support
> in it. 

This could allow us to boot netbsd from an ext2 partition. Would be nice :)

Manuel Bouyer, LIP6, Universite Paris VI.