Well, there goes Windows!

Nathan Whitehorn nwhitehorn at freebsd.org
Fri Aug 19 01:17:30 UTC 2011

On 08/18/11 18:24, Garrett Cooper wrote:
> So, I used the bsdinstaller again on the 9.0-BETA1 media with manual
> partitioning. The HP desktop ate up 3 partitions, I inconveniently
> forgot that geom can't grok secondary PC MBR partitions, was fooling
> around and cleared the partitions, etc. I hit abort to exit the
> partitioner start and from scratch and now my Windows partitions and
> recovery partitions are gone.
> So, oops... just a word of warning for anyone else that monkeys around
> with bsdinstall that it doesn't always hold true to the "will apply
> changes at Exit" guarantee right now (i.e. atomicity is busted). If
> someone else has a second OS that they'd rather not lose, at least
> they will know to reboot their box when committing changes.
> I'll inspect the code sometime this weekend to trace down the annoying
> bug, but this is probably release gating for new users (and sadly
> forces me back to wanting to use sysinstall :/..).

There are only a couple of cases when it does that, and it gives you a 
giant warning in all capital letters to ask if you really want to 
proceed. One of those cases can be changing partitioning type. Can you 
elaborate on how you made this happen?

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