/boot is full after running "make installkernel" on FreeBSD 8.0

Svein Skogen (Listmail Account) svein-listmail at stillbilde.net
Fri Jul 2 07:53:41 UTC 2010

On 02.07.2010 09:33, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> On 01/07/2010 22:29:54, Ed Flecko wrote:
>> Henrik,
>> When I FIRST installed 8.0, I did create a separate /home partition.
>> When I installed the kernel and starting running out of space in / , I
>> thought "O.K...I'll let FreeBSD make the partition sizes IT wants to
>> and see if I have the same problem, and I did.
>> Apparently, 512M is just, not, quite big enough so I think I'll try 1G
>> to give me plenty of room.
> Is it time for me to start advocating "one big partition" again?
> This may not be the consensus view, but I have found that for a quiet
> life and general lack of botheration it helps to create *only two*
> partitions on your hard drive:
>      b: Swap -- usually 2x RAM
>      a: Everything else

I usually (today) set up something similar. I sysinstall FreeBSD onto a
CF card with the "one-big-root" method, then create a zpool (on
spinning-metal-storage) where I create the usr, tmp, var fs'es, tar|tar
the originals over and fix the mountpoint info on the zfs'es. Then I add
swap on a zvol (since I don't know how to properly use a kernel dump, I
don't need swap to store it).

I use this method everywhere except on VMs inside VMWare ESXi. It's been
my painful experience that zfs inside vmware machines is a bad idea.


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