bin/161054: bsdinstall's partitioner should list valid "type"s

Ben Kaduk kaduk at
Tue Sep 27 01:50:07 UTC 2011

>Number:         161054
>Category:       bin
>Synopsis:       bsdinstall's partitioner should list valid "type"s
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Sep 27 01:50:06 UTC 2011
>Originator:     Ben Kaduk
>Release:        9-beta 2
Reposting from my mail to -current of 16 September 2011, so it doesn't get lost:
Once I'm in the interactive partitioner, I have no way of knowing what
values are valid for the "type" other than essentially trial-and-error. (I
think ivoras has also noted this?)  If there was a way to display a list of
valid or commonly-used values, that would be quite helpful.  (When is
"freebsd-ufs" used, versus just "freebsd"?)
Also, if I try to modify a partition that I've created, I don't have the
ability to change the size -- I have to delete and recreate.  Now, I know
that there are some cases where this is hard to deal with, such as when
there are other partitions after the one in question, and resizing would
require moving those other partitions further into the disk.  But if there's
only one partition, or there's free space available, or I want to shrink, I
would like to be able to do that.  (The solaris installer gets this right,
if I remember correctly.)



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