Subject: Re: Disklabel problems.
To: David Laight <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Adam K Kirchhoff <email@example.com>
Date: 11/11/2003 08:54:14
On Tue, 11 Nov 2003, David Laight wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 11, 2003 at 07:06:51AM -0500, Adam K Kirchhoff wrote:
> > Last night I installed a snapshot of NetBSD (1.6U) onto my system at home.
> An interesting choice - somewhat old now....
> > So far everything works fine, except I'm unable to see the msdos partition
> > that I have grub installed on.
> > I use this machine to try out and test lots of different OSes, and I use
> > grub to boot between them all. Here's a rough idea of the layout of the
> > filesystems.
> > wd0 1) msdos FS (grub)
> > 2) ext3
> > 3) extended (with 4 or 5 ext3 partitions)
> > wd1 1) NTFS
> > 2) FreeBSD
> > 3) ext3
> > sd0 1) NetBSD
> > sd1 1) BeOS
> > If I run 'disklabel' on wd1, sd0, or sd1, I can view the layout of the
> > filesystem. If I run disklabel on wd0, though, nothing happens. No
> > errors, no output, no prompt. The command just runs and runs and runs....
> > And runs. Nothing shows up in dmesg. My hard disk doesn't make sickly
> > noises.
> It is interruptable? Or is it looping in the kernel?
It is interruptable. I can <ctrl>-c out of it and my machine is no worse
for the wear.
> > This is a problem since it means I can't mount the msdos partition to edit
> > my grub entries.
> > Can anyone offer any suggestions on how to fix this or how to futher
> > diagnose the problem?
> What does NetBSDs fdisk say about wd0?
> Depending on the version (I've forgotten when 1.6U was) one or more -v
> will give more info.
fdisk displayed the partition table correctly. I can't get to the machine
at the moment, so I can't paste it in here, but it did show the correct
> If you run current (probably later than 1.6U) the kernel ought to have
> code to generate a label from the extended partition list.
Hmmm... Well, I've grabbed -current source. I'll update tonight. Will
the system automatically see this label, or do I have to write it to the
Thanks for your help.