Subject: Re: disklabel suggestions
To: K. Richard Pixley <>
From: David Laight <>
List: tech-install
Date: 07/15/2003 18:24:47
On Tue, Jul 15, 2003 at 09:23:58AM -0700, K. Richard Pixley wrote:
> I have two suggestions for the disklabel part of install.

You probably ought to look at sysinst in 'current', it is significantly
different in this area.

> First, there should be another partition type available at install
> time besides dos & netbsd.  "Reserved" would be helpful.  Something to
> flag that a partition is, or will be in use, but not by dos or netbsd,
> (or at least, doesn't have either of those types).

I didn't change the avaialble list, although adding more of the
types from sys/disklabel.h might be an idea.  Especially those after

Anyone know what the 'These are used only for COMPAT_09 support.'
comment is about???

> Second, in my clumsy attempts to accomplish this, I've flagged my c
> partition, (i386), as "MSDOS".  My disk is currently unusable.  Netbsd
> isn't running and I can't install it.  I can't reset the type of
> partition c from the install and with it set to MSDOS, install refuses
> to proceed.

The 'current' sysinst should stop you getting that wrong.

> So my second suggestion is that there should be a way to reset, clear,
> or overwrite an existing bsd disklabel from install.

Unless you said 'Use Existing' you ought to be playing with an (almost)
fresh disklabel.


David Laight: