NetBSD Problem Report #43298

From mouse@Sparkle.Rodents-Montreal.ORG  Thu May 13 04:24:02 2010
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Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 23:05:46 -0400 (EDT)
From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents-Montreal.ORG>
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Subject: [dM] 4.0.1 installer: partition overlap is fatal
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>Number:         43298
>Category:       install
>Synopsis:       [dM] 4.0.1 installer: partition overlap is a fatal error
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    martin
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Thu May 13 04:25:00 +0000 2010
>Last-Modified:  Thu May 13 09:24:18 +0000 2010
>Originator:     der Mouse
>Release:        NetBSD 4.0.1
System: NetBSD Tadpole-Anna.Rodents-Montreal.ORG 4.0.1 NetBSD 4.0.1 (TADPOLE3GX) #6: Tue Apr 27 19:41:05 EDT 2010 mouse@Tadpole-3GX.Rodents-Montreal.ORG:/home/mouse/kbuild/TADPOLE3GX sparc
Architecture: sparc
Machine: sparc
	As part of trying to do the first install on a new drive, I had
	occasion to partition a disk with nontrivial partition overlap.
	The installer notices this, which is a good thing, but does not
	have any option for "yes, I know, it's deliberate, just shut up
	and leave it that way", which is a bad thing.  (See the
	port-sparc thread mentioned below for more.)

	For my own use, I just built a version of sysinst in which
	boringpart() always returns 1 (which effectively disables the
	partition overlap code).  This is probably not a good fix for
	general NetBSD use, though, which is why I'm not including it
	here; in the port-sparc thread mentioned below, Martin Husemann
	said something about fixing it (presumably in a way more
	appropriate for general use than my ugly hack).
	Partition a disk with nontrivial partition overlap and try to
	install on it with the "use existing partition layout" option.
	See the port-sparc thread mentioned below for the details of my
	particular case.
	Presumably, give the "whoa, partitions overlap!" case a "yes, I
	know, that's my own lookout" option.

	The port-sparc thread mentioned above begins with my message

	Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 16:22:18 -0400 (EDT)
	From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents-Montreal.ORG>
	Message-Id: <201005112022.QAA06517@Sparkle.Rodents-Montreal.ORG>
	Subject: Installer issues

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Responsible-Changed-From-To: install-manager->martin
Responsible-Changed-When: Thu, 13 May 2010 09:24:18 +0000
I'll deal with it.


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