Installer: missing GEOM/gpart capabilities slicing disk?

Randi Harper randi at
Tue Nov 10 16:57:51 UTC 2009

On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 7:40 AM, Daniel O'Connor <doconnor at>wrote:

> [ -current CC dropped ]
> On Mon, 9 Nov 2009, O. Hartmann wrote:
> > I try to install a fresh new FreeBSD 8.0-RC2 (from snapshot-DVD) on a
> > barndnew harddrive. As far as I recall partitioning a disk is now
> > done via gpart and the limitation of having only 8 (-2) partitions
> > from a through h except b and c is now obsoleted. When dropping into
> > the installation process, I realised that the 8 partition boundary is
> > still present.
> > Is there a howto (I searched the wiki and lists without success)? I
> > read a lot about how to install FreeBSD on op of a complete ZFS
> > infrastructure, but key issue seems to be a hands-on partitioning of
> > the target haddrive via the fixit procedure.
> sysinstall does not [yet] do GPT partitions, I believe someone is
> working on patches but I have no idea what state they are in.
Progressing nicely, but still quite a ways off from being ready. ;)

-- randi

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