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Re: Use of disklabel, MBR and GPT

On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 4:59 AM Martin Husemann <> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 02:01:39PM -0400, Greg Troxel wrote:
> > disklabels are usually in reserved space at the beginning of an ffs
> > filesystem.  I have not heard of them being in the MBR.
> There is an interaction between MBR and disklabel location. If you
> have a MBR that specifies a NetBSD partition starting at some sector
> N the disklabel will be stored/searched at sector N + LABELSECTOR
> (where LABELSECTOR is typicaly 1).
> So it is inside the NetBSD MBR partition (not in the MBR itself).

Per the disklabel(8) man page, that might be correct (that "If" is
doing a lot of heavy lifting..):
"On systems that expect to have disks with MBR partitions"
"On other systems disklabel will only look at the start of the

The specific disklabel(8) examples, e.g.

           disklabel -i -I sd0

*will* write to the beginning of the disk (i.e. overwriting
at least part of the primary GPT) on a GPT disk.

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