hit some FS/slice size limit?

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at msu.edu
Thu Nov 6 14:15:08 PST 2008

On Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 10:09:25PM +0100, Wojciech Puchar wrote:

> >I partitioned my Seagate 500 GB Sata drive  under the FreeBSD 7.1 
> >sysinstall (booted from the install CD while having the drive attached to 
> >USB on my notebook). When creating the filesystems I chose 472 G for the / 
> >partition (wanted to put everything into one partition - yeah, I know, one 
> >should
> no - it's actually the best choice - one partition+swap, or no swap on 
> modern machines with many GB RAM.

Remember, "best" depends on cirsumstance and need.  It is definitely
not best for all.   But, it works well for some.

It is usually good to separate OS from services and data, but not always.
It is also often helpful to divide things in to manageable sized chunks,
but that is not always meaningful.


> >granulate this finer, but I didn' t want to bother right now). I got told 
> >that it could not create the slice
> >(too big? it said). Hmm, is there some limit on a FreeBSD slice size?
> no idea. i don't use slices because my FreeBSD drives doesn't need to 
> interoperate with DOS/Windoze.
> i never use sysinstall too :), simply use disklabel without making slices, 
> make partitions and go on.
> my largest "drive" (gstripe) was 3TB, works fine with bsdlabel and UFS
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