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

Joel Dahl joel at
Sat Aug 23 09:42:07 UTC 2014

23 aug 2014 kl. 09:17 skrev Matthew D. Fuller <fullermd at>:

> 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).

Yes, gpart fixed it. Thanks.

But it’s annoying. Why is manual tinkering required here? Why isn’t it set to 512k by default?

I checked the handbook (2.6.3), and it says ”the freebsd-boot partition should be no larger than 512K due to current boot code limitations” ...


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