Subject: Re: newfs trashes MBR/disklabel?
To: Dieter <>
From: Frank van der Linden <>
List: port-amd64
Date: 08/28/2005 21:38:52
Dieter wrote:

>One more partition question.  Why does port-amd64 need to waste a partition
>for "netbsd" (partition c)?  Port-alpha only wastes one partition (for "whole
>disk", partition c on Alpha, partition d on amd64) so it would appear that
>NetBSD doesn't need it for anything.  Would anything bad happen if I used
>partition c for a filesystem?
That's because the NetBSD disklabel is a partition table inside a 
partition table.. the MBR defines the portion NetBSD lives in, which is 
'c'. To go outside that, and truly access the whole disk, you need 'd'.

- Frank