Subject: NetBSD won't boot when 'a' is not the first partition
To: None <>
From: Geert Hendrickx <>
List: tech-install
Date: 12/23/2004 09:54:01

I tried to install NetBSD with a different partitioning scheme: I
created swap (b) first (so on the outermost part of the disk), then
root (a), then the rest.  NetBSD installed fine, but wouldn't boot.  I
tried with several different combinations, but it only booted when
partition 'a' came first.  I don't know whether this is a bug or a
"deeper" problem with the NetBSD bootloader, but shouldn't the installer
mention this / give an error?