Have the device names for hard discs been changed?

David Wolfskill david at catwhisker.org
Sun Jan 29 11:15:03 PST 2006

On Sun, Jan 29, 2006 at 01:07:30PM -0600, Patrick Bowen wrote:
> Christian Baer wrote:
> >[...]
> >[2] Is there some text out there explaining these last letters? What are
> >   the first three letters (a-c) reserved for? The handbook seems to be
> >   a little out of date.
> >[...]
> >
> The handbook says that partition "a" is the root partition and "b" is 
> the swap, by convention. As for "c", I don't know. Maybe it was left out 
> on purpose so it wouldn't be confused for a "c" drive, as in "c:\" from 
> DOS. Someboy will know...

>From the man page for disklabel(8) (on my 4.11-STBALE laptop, or either
"disklabel" or "bsdlabel" on my 6.0-STABLE desktop at work):

     #       The partition identifier is a single letter in the range `a' to
             `h'.  By convention, partition `c' is reserved to describe the
             entire disk.

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