6.1 install and multiple drives
jaikat at email.unc.edu
Thu Nov 8 07:23:18 PST 2007
I am trying to install FreeBSD 6.1 on a Dell Poweredge 2900 which has an Intel
dual-core processor, and 8 drives on a SATA backplane, connected to a PERC 5i
controller. They are setup as just a bunch of disks, and not raided.
Here's the issue:
-- 6.2 installs fine (but I need 6.1 for some hardware we installed on this
machine that only works with 6.1, not 6.2)
-- 6.1 install fails with a vm-fault error after starting to write to disk0 (if
all 8 drives have been fdisked and labeled).
-- 6.1 installs fine if I fdisk and label only the drive0 (mfid0)
But after installing 6.1 using only one drive, if I then run sysinstall to add
more drives, fdisk works fine, but when I run label, and then "write" it
crashes, and then I can't even boot into the disk0 b/c its partitions have
What seems to be happening is that "label" somehow seems to be duplicating the
/var partition in disk0 into the disk1 partition. Then if I add disk2, label
seems to be duplicating the disk1 partition onto disk2. (this duplication
problem I discover when I try to label outside of sysinstall).
Has anyone seen this bizarre behavior - seems like a bug in bsdlabel in 6.1 -
not sure. Any help or suggestions are highly appreciated. Thanks,
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