Subject: Re: New fdisk program
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From: David Laight <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/30/2003 20:00:33
> Sweet, this has been sorely needed.  Just keep in mind that fdisk(8) is 
> used by scripts and other tools as a back-end ... so don't break the 
> functionality that those things use :-)

I hope I haven't broken it....
OTOH the obvious user (i386 sysinst) has its own, hand-crafted, code
to edit the partition table - which I need to align with fdisk.

> Also, plenty of non-IA32 platforms use fdisk(8); MBR prompting is not 
> always appropriate.

The bootmenu stuff is (should be) only compiled for i386.
I did sort of wonder whether it ought to be possible to run this code
as a host utility...

> Also, it would be nice to have a simple way of selecting the MBR 
> partition type ... dunno if this was included in your rototill or not 
> :-)

What do you mean?
I've made it much easier to update the boot code (it used to be almost
impossible to put in a different copy of the boot code).
    fdisk -c mbr_bootsel /dev/rwd0d
will put the mbr_bootsel code from /usr/mdec into wd0.


David Laight: