> As Peter Wemm wrote:
> > There shouldn't *be* bootblocks on non-boot disks.
> > dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/da$n count=1
> > Dont use "disklabel -B -rw da$n auto". Use "disklabel -rw da$n auto".
> All my disks have bootblocks and (spare) boot partitions. All the
> bootblocks are DD mode. I don't see any point in using obsolete fdisk
> tables. (There's IMHO only one purpose obsolete fdisk tables are good
> for, co-operation with other operating systems in the same machine.
> None of my machines uses anything else than FreeBSD.)
Since I tire of seeing people hit this ignorant opinion in the list
archives, I'll just offer the rational counterpoints.
- The MBR partition table is not "obsolete", it's a part of the PC
- You omit the fact that many peripheral device vendors' BIOS code looks
for the MBR partition table, and will fail if it's not present or
You do realise that "DD" mode does include a (invalid) MBR partition
table (now valid, courtesy of a long-needed fix), right?
I'd love to never hear those invalid, unuseful, misleading opinions from
... every activity meets with opposition, everyone who acts has his
rivals and unfortunately opponents also. But not because people want
to be opponents, rather because the tasks and relationships force
people to take different points of view. [Dr. Fritz Todt]
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