New option for newfs(3) to make life with GEOM easier

Bernd Walter ticso at
Sat Sep 1 06:49:05 PDT 2007

On Sat, Sep 01, 2007 at 04:57:54PM +0400, Dmitry Morozovsky wrote:
> On Sat, 1 Sep 2007, Bernd Walter wrote:
> BW> > > In some scenarios, it can be desirable to newfs first, geom later.
> BW> > True, done it many time myself. Since sysinstall doesn't allow you
> BW> > to install onto a gmirror array, many install via sysinstall, and gmirror
> BW> > the system afterwards, which is exactly this situation.
> BW> 
> BW> Sysinstall easily allows you to not partition the last few sectors.
> BW> The newfs option is only usefull if you are mirroring at fs level,
> BW> which is note quite common for system disks, where you really need 
> BW> partitions.
> I concur, as all servers (rather entry-level, yeah; and excluding these that 
> have large storage) we deploy last 2 years have two SATA disks with mirrored 
> file systems.

What is the big win if you mirror all partitions/filesystems and not
the whole disk?

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