Default support for GPT [was: Re: More than 8 labels per slice]

Scott Long scottl at
Tue Apr 27 19:07:54 PDT 2004

Marcel Moolenaar wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 27, 2004 at 08:36:25PM -0400, Robert Watson wrote:
>>... In 5.x, we also
>>support the GPT format, which supports up to 64k partitions per disk, but
>>I'm not sure that code is enabled on i386 by default, only ia64.  If not,
>>we probably should enable it there.
> It's not enabled by default.
> If there are no objections I'll enable it on i386 and amd64 over the
> weekend or so. If people feel we should enable the support on alpha
> and sparc64 as well, holler.

I remember there being rumors a year or two ago about
Intel trying to sack legacy BIOS and MBR support on x86 entirely
and force everyone to use EFI and GPT.  Without GPT support in the
system bootstrap, it's not terribly interesting to use except on
secondary storage.


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