CLI filesystem format tool

Chad Perrin perrin at
Mon Apr 30 05:26:18 UTC 2007

On Sun, Apr 29, 2007 at 10:59:33PM -0400, Jerry McAllister wrote:
> I would suggest that you first use bsdlabel to create a single partition
> on that slice.   You can use the a: partition, or if you feel squimish
> about using that one that is traditionally used for root, then use
> the d: partition.  Do this:
>    bsdlabel -w ad0s3            To initialize a partition label, then
>    bsdlabel -e ad0s3
> You enter an edit more.   Just duplicate the c: line 
>   --Do NOT change the c: line--
> edit that duplicate line and make it a: or d: or whatever.
> Change the tuype to BSD4.2
> You can add values for  [fsize bsize bps/cpg],    maybe to:
>                          2048  16384  28552
> But I think you can just leave them blank.
> write/quit the edit session and the label is written.
> Then you need to run newfs on that new partition.
>    newfs /dev/ad0s3a   or   newfs /dev/ad0s3d    if you named it d:
> Then, just edit /etc/fstab to make it mount at boot time
> and mount it up.   If you already have stuff in /home, then you will
> need to make one of them a temporary mount somewhere to move stuff over.

Thanks for the advice.

CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [ ]
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