disklabel - 8th partition shows "X" as Partition name

Mike Meyer mwm-dated-1049133230.37f4bd at mired.org
Wed Mar 26 17:53:54 PST 2003

In <3E81E34D.1010503 at gmx.de>, Siegbert Baude <siegbert.baude at gmx.de> typed:
> With a maximum of four slices on PCs you can create up to 28 
> partitions, which should be sufficient for a disk.

You can put FreeBSD partitions in extended slices, so the upper limit
is significantly higher than 28.

> I once tried to use (in DOS-terms) logical partitions within an 
> extended partition. This is possible, if you do the math and creation 
> of partition tables by hand, but is not supported by the FreBSD tools. 

No, you don't need to do anything by hand. Just disklabel /dev/amr0s5
and so on, and create the partitions in it. I will note that on
5.0-RELEASE, the extended slice devices didn't get created for me.

Of course, one has to wonder why anyone needs as many as seven
partitions on a single disk. It's far more common to want to go the
other way, and have multiple disks in a single partition.

Mike Meyer <mwm at mired.org>		http://www.mired.org/consulting.html
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