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Re: Disk partitioning (was: Daemon's Advocate article)

From: Garance A Drosihn <drosih@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 16:05:52 -0500

At 12:34 PM -0800 3/3/04, Matthew Dillon wrote:
:>   There may be problems with NetBSD and OpenBSD in this environment,
:>   due to the partition naming conventions.  I don't expect Dragonfly
:>   to have any problems.
: NetBSD and OpenBSD have the advantage of allowing the specification
: of subartitions outside the slice and therefore the use to access
: e.g. such hidden partitions from point 1. FreeBSD has a limit
: of 8 partitions, OpenBSD and maybe NetBSD too of 16.

    There is actually room for 16, but the dev minor number does
    not have enough bits to specify more then 8.

Could we do something slimy, like have another device major-number which means "the second 8-partitions of a disk"?

Garance Alistair Drosehn            =   gad@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Senior Systems Programmer           or  gad@xxxxxxxxxxx
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute    or  drosih@xxxxxxx

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