Installer seems to overwrite partition table

Simon 'corecode' Schubert corecode at
Wed Apr 16 05:59:09 PDT 2008

Michael Neumann wrote:
> Matthew Dillon wrote:
>> :Simon 'corecode' Schubert wrote:
>> :> Didn't I want to change the default back to -C?  I think it is very
>> bad t=
>> :> o create a slice table which hangs some machines.
>> :
>> :Yep, but I think Matt was against it. I wouldn't change the default
>> :itself, but instead modify the installer to use -C by default (or at
>> :least make it an option).
>> :
>> :Regards,
>> :
>> :   Michael
>>     Using -C will break more things then it will fix.  Hard drives
>>     have been large enough to overflow the CHS fields for years now,
>>     and wrapped values can confuse the hell out of bioses probably even
>>     worse now verses using all 1's.
> Agreed. But it is desireable for those of us that have screwed bioses,
> to be able to install DragonFly on it without the need to perform all
> the installation commands by hand (fdisk, cpdup etc.), just because
> the installer does not pass "-C" to fdisk.
> I'd like to see a "options for fdisk" setting in the installer, in the
> same way as you can specify options to newfs (at least in FreeBSD).

How does linux' cfdisk/fdisk handle it?  How does Windows do it?  I guess they don't smash the slice table, so we should take a look there, I'd say.


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