9.0 beta2 & the new bsdinstaller
kob6558 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 18 20:18:50 UTC 2011
On Sun, Sep 18, 2011 at 2:55 AM, <"Thomas Mueller
> Some more ideas on the new bsdinstaller cross my mind.
> Since the way the bsdinstaller would make partitions is unpredictable, at least to the uninitiated, and in all likelihood at variance with how much space the user wants to allocate, it might be better to offer a roadmap to help guide the user to allocating space for FreeBSD using gpart or Rod Smith's gdisk.
> Also, I can't see the function of the 64 KB boot partition with no file system, which does not boot for me, though I can boot the main partition using grub2 from the System Rescue CD (http://sysresccd.org/).
The 64KB freebsd-boot partition is to contain the GPT boot code which
is used by UEFI BIOS in
place of the old MBR used by legacy BIOS. You need to use gpart(8) to
write the GPT boot code to that partition, but I don't know if
bsdinstall does so. It might just write the PMBR that is used for
booting with legacy BIOS. I'll admit that I have not checked. (See the
gpart(8) man page for details on writing the pmbr and gptboot.) I
assume bsdinstall writes both so that AMD64 machines with EFI and
32-bit systems will both work. This is very different from the old
traditional slice/partition system.
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer - Retired
E-mail: kob6558 at gmail.com
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