Subject: Re: should sysinst change MBR_PTYPE_386BSD to MBR_PTYPE_NETBSD?
To: Frederick Bruckman <>
From: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
List: tech-install
Date: 06/16/2003 03:18:52
    Date:        Sat, 14 Jun 2003 18:06:44 -0500 (CDT)
    From:        Frederick Bruckman <>
    Message-ID:  <>

  | I believe that you'd need a custom kernel without
  | COMPAT_386BSD_MBRPART to actually do that, though.

I don't think so, the kernel will use a 169 if it is found, the
COMPAT option just allows it to fall back to a 165 if there is
no 169.

I used to dual boot Free & Net BSDs, back in about the NetBSD 1.4
days (may have been 1.3* (all I know is that it was after NetBSD
changed MBR number, and 4 years or so ago) - no idea which FreeBSD
version it was -- until I decided that the disc space that the FreeBSD
system was using (or rather, consuming, it almost never actually used it)
would be better allocated to data (the days before 80GB drives..., a
GB or so mattered).

I did nothing special to the kernel to allow that to happen.