Subject: Re: disklabel v installboot
To: David Laight <>
From: Luke Mewburn <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 08/22/2003 10:08:43
On Thu, Aug 21, 2003 at 02:37:48PM +0100, David Laight wrote:
  | I was looking at fixing a very old bug (port-i386/4089) properly
  | (disklabel writes a label embedded in 8k of zeros if there wasn't a label).
  | However it would be so much easier to do if I removed the code from
  | disklabel that can update the bootstrap code (-B option).

I concur; removing that stuff from disklabel(8) would simplify the
code and the documentation.

  | AFAICT this is only compiled in for hp300, vax and arm32,
  | and I think used by sysinst for vax.
  | I'm sure it would be trivial to change the vax sysinst?
  | Is it really used in the other cases?)
  | Separating the features will make the man pages rather less confusing,
  | as well as making it possible to extract the 'write label to disk'
  | functionality from the rest of the gubbins in disklabel.
  | It would then be possible to teach the code how to handle sparc and vax
  | disks (etc).
  | 	David
  | -- 
  | David Laight: