In message <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, Peter Wemm writes : >The problem is, that you **are** using fdisk tables, you have no choice. >DD mode included a *broken* fdisk table that specified an illegal geometry. ... >This is why it is called dangerous.
BTW, I presume you are aware of the way sysinstall creates DD MBRs; it does not use the 50000 sector slice 4 method, but sets up slice 1 to cover the entire disk including the MBR, with c/h/s entries corresponding to the real start and end of the disk, e.g: cylinders=3544 heads=191 sectors/track=53 (10123 blks/cyl) ... The data for partition 1 is: sysid 165,(FreeBSD/NetBSD/386BSD) start 0, size 35885168 (17522 Meg), flag 80 (active) beg: cyl 0/ head 0/ sector 1; end: cyl 1023/ head 190/ sector 53 The data for partition 2 is: <UNUSED> The data for partition 3 is: <UNUSED> The data for partition 4 is: <UNUSED> Otherwise the disk layout is the same as disklabel's DD. I suspect that this approach is much less illegal than disklabel's MBRs although I do remember seeing a HP PC that disliked it. I wonder if a reasonable compromise is to make disklabel use this system for DD disks instead of the bogus 50000 sector slice? Obviously, it should also somehow not install a partition table unless boot1 is being used as the MBR, and the fdisk -I method should be preferred. Ian To Unsubscribe: send mail to [EMAIL PROTECTED] with "unsubscribe freebsd-current" in the body of the message