kern/130698: [boot] FreeBSD 8-CURRENT does not start any more since Dec. 10th [regression]

Thomas Schweikle tps at
Sat May 9 06:10:03 UTC 2009

The following reply was made to PR kern/130698; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Thomas Schweikle <tps at>
To: bug-followup at
Subject: Re: kern/130698: [boot] FreeBSD 8-CURRENT does not start any more
 since Dec. 10th [regression]
Date: Sat, 09 May 2009 08:06:41 +0200

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 Am 06.05.2009, 20:39 Uhr, schrieb John Baldwin <jhb at>:
 > gpart does not support "dangerously dedicated" disks and they have been=
 > deprecated in FreeBSD for a long time now.  The reason gpart rejects it=
 > is the partition does not start on a cylinder boundary (instead it =20
 > starts one sector into the disk).  You can ask marcel@ if he wants to  =
 > make an exception, but DD disks have been deprecated for quite a while =
 > and I believe sysinstall has not let you create them for several years =
 > now.
 Hmmmmm. I shortly installed FreeBSD 6.4 from CD-Rom and since I
 could not boot from a real partititon I decided to create a DD disk.
 sysinstall did it for me without any warning ...
 Shure it is deprecated, but at now I am shure it is possible as
 before to create DD disks using sysinstall. I'll test sysinstall on
 FreeBSD 7.2 and FreeBSD Head next. Will take a while, since I do not
 have an installable PC at hand.
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