Subject: Re: NetBSD's swap partition ID
To: Zbigniew Baniewski <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 02/24/2006 10:31:23
In message <>, 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,