x86 emulators that can handle partition devices instead of slices.

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at u.washington.edu
Mon Feb 12 15:03:22 UTC 2007

Jim Stapleton wrote:
> I have two hard drives in my machine (ad8, ad10), ad10 is the system
> disk, ad8 has a few GB of swap at the end and 2 fat32 partitions.
> Mostly I'm using the fat partitions for a windows install to use as
> the base for WINE, but occasionally I'll want to install software, or
> run something directly in Windows. In these cases it'd be nice not to
> have to reboot. Is it possible to set up an emulator to either use
> /dev/ad8 or /dev/ad8s1, could I give it a CD device (only when on) as
> well?
> I found that the former was not possible in Bochs, and I read some
> stuff on QEmu in the logs, so I figured I'd ask here before I put a
> lot of time into it (i.e. I'll try with no response or some "I don't
> knows", but if I get a "can't be done", then I won't waste my time).
> Thank you,
> -Jim Stapleton

	Emulators (at least vmware, qemu) should treat partitions 
transparently. I don't think that they can understand BSD slices as 
there isn't an option to load or read BSD slices in the config section 
of the emulators I've used IIRC.

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