Subject: Re: should sysinst change MBR_PTYPE_386BSD to MBR_PTYPE_NETBSD?
To: William Allen Simpson <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: tech-install
Date: 06/15/2003 22:43:12
On Sun, Jun 15, 2003 at 02:12:58PM -0400, William Allen Simpson wrote:
> On the question posed by the Subject, please don't change any type 
> automatically.
> On a related question, please support the MBR_PTYPE and disklabel 
> formats from OpenBSD.  
> Likewise, support the MBR_TYPE and disklabel format for FreeBSD.
> (I have several systems that I haven't upgraded from OpenBSD to NetBSD, 
> because they have a lot of data on a second drive that I cannot read 
> with NetBSD on the first drive.  If NetBSD can support MSDOS and Linux, 
> it should be able to handle other *BSDs.)

This is probably just a matter of changing the partition type in the MBR
of the disk, or at worse saving the disklabel from OpenBSD, and rewriting it
from NetBSD

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 24 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference