How many Labels/partitions are permitted?

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at
Thu Oct 19 23:48:46 UTC 2006

On Thursday, 19 October 2006 at 20:29:07 -0300, Agus wrote:
> Hi all. I was reading the installation of freebsd and get that only
> partitions, sorry, labels a to h are allowed. is this so?

Yes.  Also, you can't use 'c' for a partition, since it represents the
whole disk, and on one disk at least you'll need a swap partition, so
6 is the maximum number of file systems you could create.  That's not
just adequate, it's far too many.

> So if i want to have the following scheme:
> /
> /home
> /usr
> /usr/local
> /tmp
> /var
> /var/log
> /homeb
> Can i make this? cause i tried, but i get an X in the label...

You can't make partitions like this.  But why do you want to?  There's
nothing to stop you making a single root file system and directories
of these names.  My recommendation in "The Complete FreeBSD"
( is to create a root
file system of 8 to 10 GB and a /home file system for the rest of the

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