Subject: Re: A new partition handling scheme: wedges
To: Frank van der Linden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Charles M. Hannum <mycroft@MIT.EDU>
Date: 01/26/1998 07:59:17
Frank van der Linden <email@example.com> writes:
> On Mon, Jan 26, 1998 at 06:54:44AM -0500, Charles M. Hannum wrote:
> > BTW, something I didn't mention before is that, regardless of anything
> > else we do, I believe we should, on systems that have MBRs, do
> > essentially the same thing Linux does (and that the Amiga port does in
> > RDB) -- have special MBR partition types for `NetBSD root', `NetBSD
> > swap', and `other NetBSD file system' -- and provide the old
> > partitioning system only as a fallback for compatibility.
> A problem with this scheme is (if used by default for installations), that it
> limits the options for coexisting with other systems. If you use 3 MBR entries,
> there's only one left for another system. I've seen people who want to install
> 3 different systems on their disk.
You only need one partition in the MBR to boot (and you currently need
that anyway). The others can be in `extended' partitions.