glabel on 9-BETA1

Sean sean at
Wed Aug 17 05:37:06 UTC 2011

On Wed, 17 Aug 2011, Andrey V. Elsukov wrote:

> On 17.08.2011 0:10, Mark Saad wrote:
>> root at blindness:~# glabel label rootfs ada0p4
>> glabel: Can't store metadata on ada0p4: Operation not permitted.
>> In 7.2 and prior there was a sysctl that could be tweaked to allow for
>> this to work , kern.geom.debugflag set to 16 would allow this to work.
>> So my question is this. Should there be any reason why "glabel label
>> name device" on the root slice cause an issue
>> when the slice is mounted rw ?
>> Is this a bug ?
> No. It isn't.
> When you are doing `glabel label` you overwriting last sector of given
> device with glabel's metadata. So you potentially can destroy some data
> in it. Using kern.geom.debugflags=16 is a bad practice. The right way is
> creating label before creation of file system and installing OS.
> Also you can use UFS labels (see tunefs(8)).

Or in this case, GPT labels, which are more flexible in that they can apply
to non-UFS partitions as well, such as swap. 'gpart show -l' and 'gpart
modify' ... /dev/gpt/ is where the labels show up.

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