Subject: Re: should sysinst change MBR_PTYPE_386BSD to MBR_PTYPE_NETBSD?
To: Frederick Bruckman <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: tech-install
Date: 06/14/2003 19:37:11
Frederick Bruckman <> writes:
> > I made that change. I did it to permit people to dual boot NetBSD and
> > FreeBSD.
> I believe that you'd need a custom kernel without
> COMPAT_386BSD_MBRPART to actually do that, though.


> Why is that still on in GENERIC?

To make it easier for people with the old MBR ID to boot a new
kernel. Whether it is still needed is a matter for debate.

> As long as there's an option to change the ID in sysinstall, it's
> not needed.

Not everyone uses sysinst to upgrade systems. I never do, for
example. I just unpack a new kernel, reboot, and then unpack the sets...

Perry E. Metzger