Subject: Re: A FreeBSD problem (off topic ?)
To: None <>
From: Wolfgang Rupprecht <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 08/16/2000 11:04:58
> Most NetBSD ports have a upper limit of 8 partitions. OpenBSD/i386
> have 16 partitions. I think we should go for this or a even higher
> number of partitions (32? 256?). 

IBM already has 75Gig ide disks out.  (Ok, I know that this is sick,
but I needed something to hold a 30Gig dataset.)

    Filesystem            1K-blocks     Used    Avail Capacity  Mounted on
    /dev/wd1c              72610038 30273527 38706009    43%    /w

Allowing for enough partitions that one could cut the disk up into
more bite-sized pieces (say of 2 gigs each) would be very nice.  That
argument already gets us to 32 partitions today.

Now this is probably not the right list to ask on, but are there any
impediments to the disklabel being a more open-ended structure?  Say
along the lines of:
        struct disklabel { 
            some_type all_the_one_per_diaklabel__crap;
            int number_of_partitions;
            struct partition partition[0]; /* 0-N partitions go here */

       Wolfgang Rupprecht <>
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