GPT as default?

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at
Sat Apr 21 06:49:45 UTC 2007

In message <462928C7.8090400 at>, Maxim Sobolev writes:
>Scott Long wrote:
>> Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
>>> In message <f0am4t$mmk$1 at>, Ivan Voras writes:
>>>> Currently, the FreeBSD default is classic BSD partitions on top of 
>>>> MSDOS partitions, and there are a couple of inconvenient things about 
>>>> this arrangement:
>>> The BSD partitioning should be discontinued as fast and firmly
>>> as possible.  By all means go GPT.
>> An i386/amd64 bootloader needs to be written that can understand GPT.
>> My understanding is that the ia64 EFI/GPT loader has very few reusable
>> bits.
>It probably crazy idea, but I wonder if it's feasible to have 
>"mini-GEOM" layer in loader, so that it's possible to use existing GEOM 
>classes codebase there with little or no modifications.

That's actually an interesting idea...

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