misc/164097: installer: always installs GPT

Ariane van der Steldt ariane at stack.nl
Fri Jan 13 19:30:11 UTC 2012

>Number:         164097
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       installer: always installs GPT
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Fri Jan 13 19:30:10 UTC 2012
>Originator:     Ariane van der Steldt
>Release:        FreeBSD 9.0 RELEASE
FreeBSD installer

SHA256 (FreeBSD-9.0-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso) = d16fd5f32c9483177a01241f37ed84f347484c65e52aba4dbf8a2f3108fb457d
FreeBSD installer changed my MBR-only partition table to MBR+GPT partition table.

The other OS does not have GPT logic; I want to be at least warned this is happening and prefer to have the option at least. Alternatively, the installer may opt not to install a GPT if the disk does not require it (as in the case in this machine)
Install FreeBSD 9.0 RELEASE next to another OS that does not have GPT (Windows XP in my case)
Best solution: deduce from disk size that GPT is not required and in that case, proceed to not use it
Alternative solution: ask user (for userfriendliness, tell them if the present layout does or does not use GPT)
Worst solution: warn them this is happening


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