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

Bruce Cran bruce at cran.org.uk
Fri Jul 2 12:13:10 UTC 2010

On Fri, 02 Jul 2010 08:33:45 +0100
Matthew Seaman <m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk> wrote:

> 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

This is perfect bikeshed material: people believe FreeBSD's
partitioning scheme is superior to (for example) Linux, and that by
dumping everything in a single partition we'd be dumbing it down. I
still create separate partitions through paranoia, to avoid corrupting
the entire disk if for example /usr/obj is being written to when the
power goes out. I don't know if that would happen but I've had too many
problem over the years with various filesystems that I don't trust it.
With ZFS I've gone even further and created separate filesystems
for /usr/src, /usr/ports etc. The output of 'mount' looks somewhat like
a Solaris machine now :)

I have a task on my TODO list to increase the sizes of the partitions in
sysinstall: for example / goes to 1GB, /var to 4GB. I hope to commit
the code in the next couple of weeks.

Bruce Cran

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