cvs commit: src/share/man/man4 umass.4

Wilko Bulte wkb at
Sat Oct 18 10:27:48 PDT 2003

On Sat, Oct 18, 2003 at 07:18:51PM +0200, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
> In message <3F916974.5030502 at>, Tim Kientzle writes:
> >>><scratching head>  Okay, Poul-Henning, I give up.  You've shown
> >>>that /sbin/sunlabel exists, and use that as proof that "bsdlabel"
> >>>is the right way to label a Sun disk?
> >> 
> >> No, to show that disklabel isn't the right one on any platform.
> >
> >Okay, I clearly missed something, then.  I thought that
> >the intent of the 'disklabel' name (which is linked to 'bsdlabel'
> >on i386, pc98, and amd64) was to provide an easy handle for
> >the default label program for the current platform.  Apparently,
> >David thinks so, too.
> I don't think it makes much sense to symlink wildly different
> programs to the same name, in particularly not when that name
> has serious historical luggage and is used in some number of
> highly magic scripts.
> I think disklabel should print a message to stderr, pointing people
> to the likely choice of program and exit with an error code.
> If somebody wants to write a program which can truly and transparently
> handle all platforms paritioning needs, he is of course more than
> welcome to do so, but unless the user interface matches the historical
> use of disklabel, he should still call it something sensibly different
> from "disklabel".
> What David might think about this does not concern me much.

I think Tim's attempt to clarify things is more than welcome.

We should all be concerned about a clear and concise FreeBSD ..

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