Subject: Re: NetBSD's swap partition ID
To: Zbigniew Baniewski <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 02/24/2006 10:31:23
In message <20060224152442.GA2498@ispid.com.pl>, Zbigniew Baniewski writes:
>On Fri, Feb 24, 2006 at 08:41:23AM -0500, Greg Troxel wrote:
>> my opinion is that on an i386 one should use the fdisk partition table to
>> make life easier.
>My problem was, that I wanted to have 3 OS-es on the disk: FreeDOS, Linux
>(together with swap it makes 2 more partitions), and NetBSD.
And the problem was? (Or did you just want to use a single swap area
for all three?)
>Yes, I was able to use disklabel - although I can't understand the
>benefits(?) of such additional complication. What for? Just because a long
>time ago in such way it was made on the PDP-11?
Not all platforms that NetBSD runs on support fdisk. Besides, until
recently you were limited to four fdisk partitions, which was a
nuisance for NetBSD.
The right answer is a program that can read fdisk labels and generate
NetBSD label data. It shouldn't be too hard to write, either.
--Steven M. Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb