Subject: Re: Large Disks / Clean Install
To: Manuel Bouyer <>
From: Oleg Polyanski <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/01/1999 22:22:14
> 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 :)

	by the way, there is much more advanced boot loader that is able to
boot your system from fat16, ufs, ext2fs or just to start boot code from first
sector of choosen partition. it is called grub. with grub your dreams come
true. it's located on `'. grub is more than just boot
loader so don't miss the `GNU multiboot proposal' on that page.