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SubjectRe: [reiserfs-list] Boot failure: msdos pushes in front of reiserfs
Andreas Dilger wrote:

>On Jan 14, 2002 14:36 +0300, Oleg Drokin wrote:
>>On Mon, Jan 14, 2002 at 02:16:30PM +0300, Hans Reiser wrote:
>>>So what solution should we use, zeroing or fixing msdos to not try
>>>something reiserfs can find, or both or what?
>>We can use both:
>> destroy MSDOS superblock (if any) at mkreiserfs (or don't touch 1st
>> block of the device if there is no msdos superblock).
>> And link reiserfs code into the kernel earlier than msdos code.
>Hmm, I could have sworn I submitted patches already which did both of these
>things. In general, it is perfectly safe to zero the bootsector of a
>partition when you mkfs it (mke2fs has been doing this for a long time).
>If you mkfs your boot partition (and zap the bootblock) you would have to
>run LILO on it anyways after they install a new kernel, because the
>location of the kernel would change.
Can the kernel be in a different partition from the boot partition? If
so, it is not safe, yes?

>'Re: 2.4.15-pre1: "bogus" message with reiserfs root and other weirdness'
>dated Nov 21, 2001 for patch to clean up reiserfs boot messages and order.
>'Re: [reiserfs-list] Re: Basic reiserfs question' dated Sep 7, 2001 for
>patch which (among other things) zaps non-reiserfs data from the disk
>when mkreiserfs is run (also referenced in a subsequent posting
>'Re: [reiserfs-list] mkreiserfs /dev/hdb' dated Oct 1, 2001).

Oleg, please review his patches and integrate them into our release process.

>There was a patch submitted within the past week to clean up the FAT
>messages when "silent" is passed. In any case, that is mostly irrelevant
>if reiserfs is moved up in the probe order.
>Cheers, Andreas
>Andreas Dilger
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