Subject: Re: sysinstall changes
To: None <>
From: Greg Hudson <ghudson@MIT.EDU>
List: tech-install
Date: 09/17/1998 23:33:41 wrote:
> Point of clarification: The reason we round to BIOS partitions is to
> live compatibly with other OS's on the disk.

A fair bit of code out there assumes that BIOS partitions end at the
end of a cylinder.  Some of it is even in the NetBSD kernel;
arch/i386/i386/disksubr.c resets part of the geometry in the fake
disklabel if it finds a NetBSD partition, with the assumption that it
ends at the end of a cylinder.  (Granted, I'd like to see this code
excised, since it just causes trouble, but the i386 portmaster(s)
didn't comment on my PR.)