Subject: Re: AW: Disklabel ioctls (was Re: nore on disk ...)
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List: tech-kern
Date: 11/18/1995 17:57:04
Martin Husemann ( wrote:
: > I was under the impression that there can only be 4 partitions in a DOS
: > partition table.  But I could be wrong.
: There is no real technical reason for this limit - DOS just uses it that way.
: In fact there is plenty of unused space in the partition block when you use
: the original DOS boot code. You could layout the partition table to contain
: 8 partitions (corresponding to the disklabel partitions) and have upto 4 of
: them visible to DOS.

Bad idea, would make our partitions incompatible with our boot systems

But DOS defines so-called extended partitions, that is, one of the
primary partitions can be defined as containing an arbitrary number of
secondary partitions. Or was it the other way round?