Subject: Re: CVS commit: src
To: Perry E. Metzger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Charles M. Hannum <email@example.com>
Date: 10/01/1998 16:04:03
> "Charles M. Hannum" writes:
> > If I understand this correctly, the suggested pullup actually makes
> > fdisk *unable* to reinitialize the MBR should I want to do so. That's
> > extremely bogus.
> Actually, that isn't quite correct. You can still re-initialize it,
> just not with only the -i flag -- you have to explicitly zero out the
> four MBR partitions as well. The -i flag now only re-initializes the
> code part of the MBR.
Precisely. Now I have to use a semi-magic invocation of dd(1) to do
what I want, because there's a fairly arbitrary restriction in
fdisk(8). That's lame. It's also distinctly *un*like what the DOS
FDISK does -- and it's actually pretty broken, in that it assumes that
the signature being present means there's valid boot code.