Subject: Re: Disklabelling
To: Paul Goyette <email@example.com>
From: Eric Haszlakiewicz <haszlaki@UAccess.NET>
Date: 05/02/1998 15:59:29
> It was suggested that pfdisk was the solution/answer to both of the
> following two questions. If so, then I am obviously doing something
nope, just the first one, and you could use fdisk under NetBSD to
change the partition ID so you really don't need pfdisk.
> I reran os-bs to update the boot and active flags, but still it
> complained about no bootable partition. Fortunately, when I used pfdisk
This is the NetBSD boot blocks complaining.
You'll need to install new bootblocks from single user mode as
Andreas Wrede mentioned. (using installboot)
> complains about there being no on-disk label. And disklabel still says
> to use ``disklabel -r'' to write the initial label, but it still doesn't
> work or make sense: Why would one use -r [r=read?] to write an initial
pfdisk/fdisk = change the DOS type partition table.
disklabel = change the NetBSD disklabel (not the parition table)
"disklabel sd# > /tmp/blah",
edit /tmp/blah appropriately, then
"disklabel -R -r sd# /tmp/blah".
Or you could try
"disklabel -i -r sd#"
which should do the same thing.
According to the man page, "The specific effect of -r is described
under each command." For -R and -w, the -r flag writes the label
and bootstrap code directly to the disk, which is required when the disk
has no label.