Subject: Re: disklabel compatibility between platforms?
To: Andrei Petrov <>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 12/15/2000 13:48:55
On Fri, 15 Dec 2000, Andrei Petrov wrote:

> > > It is probably best for you to dd the disk into a file on another drive,
> > > so you can be sure you won't corrupt the filesystems with a Mac disklabel.
> > > 
> If you can get somehow(manually decoding disklabel) partition information
> and dd partition to file, you should be able to mount it thru vnd.
> Correct endianness should be taken care by proper ffs settings.
> Just a thought.

That would work too. You'd need to make a file for each partition, and use
vnd to mount that.

Oh, either way, you'll also need a kernel with options FFS_EI, which is
not normally in GENERIC (on macppc).

Assuming a normal Alpha disklabel, you probably had the "a" partition
starting at block 0, so you can just mount the c partition of the disk.

Take care,