Subject: Re: i386 BIOS weirdness infecting the universe.
To: Todd Vierling <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: tech-install
Date: 09/28/1998 20:29:26
Todd Vierling writes:
> On Mon, 28 Sep 1998, Todd Whitesel wrote:
> : If we only tweak MBR's while the BIOS is available, presto, no geometry
> : problems.
> We can't somehow cache the BIOS's interpretation of drive geometries, and
> make it available via an ioctl?

I think it might be reasonable to do just that, but the issue becomes
one of handling the fact that there are few clean ways to map NetBSD
devices into BIOS drive numbers.

And yes, this was discussed already.