Subject: LBA48 clean boot sequence?
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Wolfgang S. Rupprecht <wolfgang+gnus20041127T112847@dailyplanet.dontspam.wsrcc.com>
Date: 11/27/2004 12:04:04
If the bios is LBA48 aware, will netbsd-current/i386 (or /amd64 for
that matter) be able to boot reliably from a >137G partition?
I've stopped screwing around with the usual eight or so partitions and
simply put everything in one honking large partition. So far my
netbsd disk is only 80 Gigs and things are working well. I wonder if
I could safely upgrade to a 200G disk set up the same way or if I
would start seeing bootstrap problems depending on where the blocks
needed for booting fell on the disk.
(What I've noticed is that some other BSD's failed outright when I
built 200G disks like this. Something early on in the bootstrap
1 Actually one ffs partition and one swap partition following it.
Having separate /, /var, /var/obj, /usr, /u, /v, /w, required
periodic tar everything and repartition fests. I finally decided
that was an awful lot of relatively risky work for very little gain.