Re: zpool upgrade and bootcode on 13-RELEASE

From: Graham Perrin <grahamperrin_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 May 2021 01:46:46 +0100
On 20/05/2021 00:13, Michael Gmelin wrote:
>
>> On 20. May 2021, at 00:18, Graham Perrin <grahamperrin_at_gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> …
>
> Given that I upgraded the zpool of a server that boots of a legacy 
> boot partition, how would the red alert box saying
>
>    "Updating UEFI ESP partitions (the partition the firmware boots 
> from) has changed. SeeBoot Loader Changes 
> <https://www.freebsd.org/releases/13.0R/relnotes/#boot>for important 
> details."
>
> have caught my attention? No UEFI involved at my end, no zpools 
> involved in the warning (I noticed the absence of the warning after 
> running "zpool upgrade", so no harm done, but other users might be 
> less fortunate).
>
> -m


In a lucky situation: a red alert for changes to something other than 
the freebsd-boot partition might, obliquely, cause the reader to wonder 
about changes to the freebsd-boot partition that are not classified as 
changes for release note purposes :-)

That's with a smile, no personal criticism intended, because I am 
<https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=256024#c8> amongst 
the people who misinterpreted part of the release notes.

For anyone who's not following that particular bug (for the command, the 
action of upgrading a pool), there's a parallel bug for the FreeBSD 
Handbook:

255318 – handbook: Document how to update the bootloader
<https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=255318>

Add <https://man.freebsd.org/zpool-upgrade(8)> to the mix.

Eventually we should have a handbook, a manual page and an action that 
are reasonably foolproof. Free from fortune, luck, obliqueness and 
wonder :-)
Received on Sat May 22 2021 - 00:46:46 UTC

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