[Bug 192962] New: Boot loader too large with Aug-11 FreeBSD/i386 11-CURRENT snapshot

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            Bug ID: 192962
           Summary: Boot loader too large with Aug-11 FreeBSD/i386
                    11-CURRENT snapshot
           Product: Base System
           Version: 11.0-CURRENT
          Hardware: Any
                OS: Any
            Status: Needs Triage
          Severity: Affects Only Me
          Priority: ---
         Component: bin
          Assignee: freebsd-bugs at FreeBSD.org
          Reporter: joel at FreeBSD.org

Today I installed 11-CURRENT from the 20140811 FreeBSD/i386 snapshot on my IBM
T43 laptop but encountered some problems. The memstick installation went fine
and I pretty much used default values everywhere, but upon reboot I get ”Boot
loader too large”. Nothing more.

The freebsd-boot partition seems to be too big, so I had to manually resize it
to 512k with gpart[*] after the installation. The default value was 800. It
booted OK after this change.

This is really annoying. Manual tinkering shouldn't be required IMHO. Why isn't
it set to 512k by default if it works?

The handbook (2.6.3) says the following: ”the freebsd-boot partition should be
no larger than 512K due to current boot code limitations”. So it feels weird
that the installer chooses a different value.

[*] gpart resize -i 1 -s 512k ada1

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