Ulrich Spoerlein wrote: > On Tue, 28.10.2003 at 23:29:03 -0800, David O'Brien wrote: > > It is NOT useless. Why do you think it is? Perhaps you don't relize > > that some BIOS's wont boot from a hard disk that isn't partitioned to > > agree with the specifications of the PeeCee. If you want to treat your > > PC as a Sun, don't -- buy a Sun, FreeBSD runs on that too. > > What exactly do you mean by "PC Specification"? I'm not trying to make a > "dangerously dedicated" disk. I just don't need a spare 63 sectors for > DOS-compatibility. And leaving the first 63 sectors untouched is a > DOS-ism, not a PC-ism.
Ironically, the best reference for FDISK-style layout of partition tables, use of the fields in the FDISK partition table structure, and general reference on checksums, 0xAA55, and the rest that I have ever found is the PReP specification, chapter 6. That's Power PC Reference Platform Specification, in case you were wondering; it's a Motorolla document intended for use on Motorolla hardware. Some DEC (Compaq? Hewlett-Compaqard?) Alpha firmware has the same requirement that PReP has in this regard. So do most OSs that run on x86 hardware, even when they are run on non-x86 hardware (Solaris, et. al.). I agree that the code could be cleaned up, but the layout on the disk is pretty intentional. -- Terry _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-current To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"