Subject: Re: putting a NetBSD disklabel on an IDE partition other than the 4th
To: Mirian Crzig Lennox <>
From: Bill Studenmund <skippy@macro.Stanford.EDU>
List: port-i386
Date: 11/06/1998 13:47:15
On 6 Nov 1998, Mirian Crzig Lennox wrote:

> "Perry E. Metzger" <> writes:
> > Mirian Crzig Lennox writes:
> > > "Perry E. Metzger" <> writes:
> > 
> > 1) Use fdisk to set the MBR of whatever MBR partition you want (say 2) 
> > to 169 decimal.
> 165 decimal, actually.

We're in the process of switching MBR #. 165 is the old one, and 169 is
the new. If you're using 1.3{,.1,.2}, use 165. 1.3.3 _might_ get taught
about 169.

> > but that is why we have sysinst -- to do this for you.
> Actually, sysinst didn't quite DTRT for me.  It failed in kind of a
> bizarre way:
> First it asked me whether I wanted NetBSD on all or only part of my
> disk.  I answered "only part".
> Then it looked at the disk and found the NetBSD disklabel and my
> NetBSD partitions, and displayed them correctly.  I answered "the
> partitions are ok."
> Then it went and told me to configure my NetBSD partitions(!), totally
> ignoring the ones from the disklabel.  Additionally, it asked me to
> allocate space from the entire disk, instead of looking at the space
> reserved for NetBSD in /dev/rwd0c.
> I hesitate to jump to more conclusions, but this looks like
> suspiciously like buggy behavior to me on the part of sysinst.

Sounds like it to me. Unfortunatly I'm not one to know what to fix.

Take care,