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Re: Is fdisk necessary to partition a second disk exclusively for data?


On 7 January 2011 21:03, Gerard Lally <> wrote:
> On Thu, 6 Jan 2011 23:37:06 +0000 (UTC)
> (Christos Zoulas) wrote:
>> In article <>,
>> Gerard Lally  <> wrote:
>> >-=-=-=-=-=-
>> >
>> >On Thu, 6 Jan 2011 16:32:40 +0100
>> >hans dinsen-hansen <> wrote:
>> >
>> >> Hi Gerad & list
>> >>
>> >> On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 2:46 AM, Gerard Lally <>
>> >> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> > I<snip> ...  am I correct in
>> >> > thinking I don't need to use fdisk to partition a second disk
>> >> > dedicated entirely to data? Is disklabel partitioning enough for
>> >> > this second disk?
>> >>
>> >> Jes that's correct.  You do not have to use fdisk at all, if only
>> >> NetBSD is using it.  The disk could be used for  "data" or
>> >> whatever. E.g. /usr/pkg.
>> >
>> >It's much clearer to me now Hans; many thanks.
>> Having said all of that, I always put an fdisk label on the disk even
>> when I am going to use the whole disk for NetBSD. I do it because if
>> I happen to plug the disk randomly on a different OS, it will not
>> think that is empty and overwrite it without asking.
> Thank you Christos.
> I am greatly impressed with the help I have received here so far, much
> of it from people who are high-level users and developers of NetBSD. I
> was slightly embarrassed posting questions to the list but the patience
> and kindness shown to me by respondents, some of whom have decades of
> Unix experience behind them, are most welcome and heartening.

This is the main reason I switched to using NetBSD as the main Unix
class system(*). I don't recall in the last three or four years having
a problem, posting a query on one of the lists and not receiving a
sensible reply within a few hours. I've tried the same with Free/Open
(which I still use), to no avail. I've been using -current on several
machines, which I consider "production" (that is, some people would
notice their absence when they are down...), with no major problems.

The other, equally important reason, is, of course, the technical
excellence of the project. (**)

Chavdar Ivanov

(*) I'm using a lot of [Open]Solaris as well, for other reasons.
Waiting for production ZFS on NetBSD...
(**) Apologies - this is not an advocacy list...

> --
> Gerard Lally


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