Boot loader too large with Aug-11 FreeBSD/i386 11-CURRENT snapshot

Matthew D. Fuller fullermd at
Sat Aug 23 07:17:28 UTC 2014

On Sat, Aug 23, 2014 at 09:02:10AM +0200 I heard the voice of
Joel Dahl, and lo! it spake thus:
> 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 got ”Boot loader too large”. Nothing
> more. Any ideas?

The freebsd-boot partition is bigger than five hundred twenty-mumble
k.  It'll be OK if you squeeze it down to 512.  Somthing like 'gpart
resize -i 1 -s 512k ada23' (untested, sub your disk).

Matthew Fuller     (MF4839)   |  fullermd at
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