Should root partition be first partition?

Garance A Drosihn drosih at
Tue Feb 9 21:29:14 UTC 2010

At 8:09 AM -0600 2/8/10, Peter Steele wrote:
>I've set up a system with gpart and have the swap partition first 
>followed by root, var, and so on. This works fine but I've seen 
>documents that always have root first, then swap. Is there any 
>reason that root should be the first partition or can it follow swap 

In the world of MBR partitioning, there is some situation where it's
important that the root partition be 'a'.  Unfortunately, I don't
remember what it was.  Probably something having to do with the boot
loader.  I do remember running into it once when I had the root
partition as 'd' by mistake.  But that was several years ago, so
I don't remember the details.

In any case, I would not expect the same problems to come up once
you're using gpart partitioning.

Garance Alistair Drosehn            =   gad at
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