Subject: Re: NetBSD's swap partition ID
To: None <>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 02/24/2006 11:16:22
On Fri, 24 Feb 2006, Geert Hendrickx wrote:

> On Fri, Feb 24, 2006 at 10:51:15AM -0500, Greg Troxel wrote:
> > You can give the 169 partition only part of the disk, use a second for
> > Linux (1 fs, whole system as is the custom), a third for Linux swap, and
> > the fourth for freedos.   You can add then make the b partition in the
> > netbsd disklabel refer to the linux swap partition.  
> I don't think Linux will like this.  IIRC, Linux swap partitions have to be
> initialized ("formatted"?) using mkswap.  You will have to redo this
> everytime NetBSD has written anything to this swap space.  

I have used the same swap on some Linux/NetBSD dual boot boxes. On Linux, 
I just ran the mkswap before doing the swapon.

> NetBSD won't have this problem since it accepts any scratch block device
> (or even a file) as swap space.  Hence you can share swap partitions
> between multiple *BSD installs.  

 Jeremy C. Reed

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