Well, there goes Windows!

Nathan Whitehorn nwhitehorn at freebsd.org
Sun Aug 21 21:34:08 UTC 2011

On 08/21/11 15:53, Garrett Cooper wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 4:41 PM, Matt<sendtomatt at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> On 08/18/11 16:24, 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 :/..).
>> Geom can do EBR ("Logical") etc...and definitely can do all 4 primary
>> partitions...some of that requires kernel options I think though.
>> I think that's what you're referring to?
> bsdinstall doesn't talk EBR yet though.

That isn't actually true. You can't install to EBR (due to bootloader 
limitations), but it can see and manipulate it.

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