gpart and bsdlabel
mueller6724 at bellsouth.net
Sat Jul 12 05:10:24 UTC 2014
> That's correct, but its main usage _today_ is GPT partitioning.
> It also has the advantage to usually work better with newer
> disks (where the fdisk and bsdlabel combo can get into trouble).
> Read my statement as "Nobody uses MBR anymore!" ;-)
> Magdeburg, Germany
> Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
OpenBSD still uses MBR and has no support for GPT!
GPT is a big improvement over traditional BSD disklabels, a royal nuisance to one who has multiple OSes installed on the hard drive.
Linux can't find BSD-disklabel subpartitions most of the time, and the various BSDs tend to be unable to find each other's subpartitions.
I could work with Linux fdisk but have difficulty with fdisk and bsdlabel/disklabel in NetBSD and FreeBSD.
So I've largely switched to GPT and given up on OpenBSD.
But I like Rod Smith's gdisk, which is in FreeBSD ports, better than gdisk because of support/recognition of many different partition types, though gpart is good if I want to install FreeBSD onto a USB stick and make it directly bootable.
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