[Bug 226714] zfsboot(8) erroneously suggests creating a BSD label

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Mon Mar 19 09:44:16 UTC 2018


Eugene Grosbein <eugen at freebsd.org> changed:

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                 CC|                            |avg at FreeBSD.org,
                   |                            |eugen at freebsd.org,
                   |                            |imp at FreeBSD.org
             Status|New                         |Open

--- Comment #1 from Eugene Grosbein <eugen at freebsd.org> ---
This is what happens inside: zfsboot normally reads zfsloader from active slice
containing ZFS boot pool and starts it.

zfsloader tastes all slices using zfs_probe_partition() function from
sys/boot/zfs/zfs.c that calls open(devname, O_RDONLY).

open(devname, O_RDONLY) returns -1/ENOENT for a slice that has traces of BSD
label, so zfsloader fails to find bootable ZFS pool. This is libstand's open()
call in stable/11. It returns -1 if detects "DISKMAGIC ((u_int32_t)0x82564557)
/* The disk magic number */" in the second sector of a slice.

One can use tools/tools/bootparttest to see if that is the case, for example:

disk0s2: FreeBSD                2047MB
read 512 bytes from the block 0 [+16777720]
read 512 bytes from the block 1 [+16777720]
ptable_bsdread: BSD detected
disk_close: disk0: closed => 0x801621000 [1]

In fact, disk0s2 contains ZFS boot pool and DISKMAGIC in the second sector.

Easiest fix would be to replace "dd if=/boot/zfsboot of=/dev/ada0s1 count=1"
with "dd if=/boot/zfsboot of=/dev/ada0s1 count=2" in the docs to make sure that
second sector has no traces of BSD label.

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