Subject: Re: dev_t changes & partitions
To: Todd Vierling <tv@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Bill Studenmund <email@example.com>
Date: 01/14/1998 12:18:35
> On Tue, 13 Jan 1998, Jason Thorpe wrote:
> : > Amiga (inside RDB structure). SPARC (SunOS label not big enough?). Others?
> : Um... no...
> : On Amiga (and others that use similar self-describing partition map
> : formats, like the Mac, I think), you can have arbitrary number of partitions
> : each with arbitrary IDs. NetBSD/amiga doens't put a disklabel inside
> : an RDB partition, but rather uses the RDB partition map directly.
> I know this. The reason I mentioned it was... why couldn't it write a BSD
> disklabel inside a RDB entry if the user so desired? That's something I
> wanted when I was running /amiga....
But you could just as easily stick a vnd in one of the amiga partitions,
then put all the extra partitions in the vnd. That _should_ work now.
The thing which concerns me about slices is that we'll be sticking disklabels
inside of disklabels. That means a LOT of mess if it all gets rolled
into one layer of the device driver (i.e. we don't silently add vnd's
to generate the sliced-up partitions).
MRB disks must deal with this problem. I'd prefer that the other ports
not get it thrust abon them.