Some notes on RootOnZFS article in wiki

James R. Van Artsdalen james-freebsd-current at
Mon Dec 21 15:47:05 UTC 2009

Ollivier Robert wrote:
> On modern machines, system will boot from the GPT "freebsd-boot" partition w/o having it active

A correctly-written PC BIOS does not even look at (or for) a partition
table of any sort when booting.  That's been the case for a
quarter-century.   A system that does not boot without the active bit
set is buggy, not new vs. old.

In a PC architecture the boot code in the MBR is the first thing that
care about the partition table and active bits.

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