Subject: Re: i386 booting, take 2
To: None <>
From: Phil Nelson <>
List: tech-install
Date: 09/22/1998 14:16:20
>I don't understand why you're having so much trouble with this.  The
>concept is very simple:
>* The kernel makes a best guess at finding the BIOS geometry and
>  sticks it in the prototype disklabel.
>* The user then edits this, with either disklabel(8) or sysinst, to
>  get the `right' geometry and create partitions.
>* fdisk(8) uses the disklabel to do the CHS translation for the MBR
>  partitions (just like the DOS FDISK asks the BIOS for the geometry).

I'm not having trouble understanding what you propose.  I just think
the install tools are going to be in the same position of not knowing
which disklabel geometries are correct and which are not or even
suspect.  Therefore, they will have to ask for confirmation on ALL
disks, which is what I'd like to eliminate.

I still think the install tools should have access to both the 
reported geometry from the disk in the inquiry and the geometry
reported by the BIOS.  So we have a simple difference of
opinion about this, not a difference of understanding.  Since
you are part of core, I must take your solution as gospel. 

I'm sorry if my e-mail sounded like flames or that I didn't 
understand what you were saying.  I was just trying to have
a technical discussion.  I will also no longer discuss this

Phil Nelson (NetBSD/pc532 machine) (work)