Subject: Re: Why the partitioning should stay the same
To: Andrew Cagney <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Chris G Demetriou <Chris_G_Demetriou@LAGAVULIN.PDL.CS.CMU.EDU>
Date: 01/30/1995 08:25:06
> What I'm trying to put forward is:
> Firstly, is there harm in adding such a feature to the NetBSD tool box?
> Personally I believe there are real advantages as it would greatly
> simplify the very common (new user) task of configuring a system so that
> it has just:
> o one file system
> and o one swap swap area
> within an existing DOS or MAC disk partition.
except, you can do that already.
e.g. from a machine i've got an account on:
Filesystem 512-blocks Used Avail Capacity Mounted on
/dev/sd0a 340870 296006 27820 91% /
/dev/sd0g 2909016 1021508 1742056 37% /a
% /usr/sbin/pstat -s
Device 512-blocks Used Avail Capacity Type
/dev/sd0b 174296 66440 107856 38% Interleaved
and there's no reason to think that you _have_ to have a /a; i.e. it's
there because the person who configured it wanted it to be.
you don't even need a seperate sd0a vs sd0b, if you swap on to a vnd
device in the file system.
In other words, you can already do it, and to add _another_ way to do
it adds no benefit and consumes space and effort.