Attempting ZFS Only Install of 7.2

Drew Tomlinson drew at
Mon Jul 13 23:10:22 UTC 2009

Jason Garrett wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 13:30, Drew Tomlinson <drew at 
> <mailto:drew at>> wrote:
>     Jason Garrett wrote:
>         >snip
>         I see you tried the zpool import and export, but did you
>         perform `mkdir /boot/zfs` directly before `zpool export tank
>         && zpool import tank` ?
>         I just have to ask because I did not see that specified, and
>         you mention not being able to find zpool.cache. /boot/zfs is
>         where zpool.cache hides out.
>     Yes I did.  However I figured out my problem.  I was chrooted into
>     /dist and the zpool.cache was being written to /boot/zfs (as you
>     mention).  But because of the chroot, when I checked /boot/zfs, I
>     was *really* checking /dist/boot/zfs.  Thus my problem.  :)
>     However I'm still having difficulty.  I suspect I don't have a
>     /boot/loader that supports zfs filesystems as I just boot to the
>     'OK" prompt.  An 'lsdev' only shows BIOS devices but I've seen
>     posts on the Net that indicate I should have zfs devices listed
>     there too if I have a proper /boot/loader.  I've used the one from
>     both 7.2-RELEASE.iso and 8.0-BETA1.iso but no luck.  Do you know
>     of any way I can confirm or deny my suspicion?
> I am in the same spot you are now. I started the process yesterday but 
> had to quit because it got too late. Apparently the few who have 
> written these guides have gotten it to work, but that still eludes me. 
> I'll post back if I get it working or have any new developments.

Well you're doing better than me.  I've been at this for about 10 days 
off and on.  :)



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