Boot to ZFS on FreeBSD 7.3

Glen Barber glen.j.barber at
Mon Jun 28 23:27:36 UTC 2010

On 6/28/10 5:13 PM, Dan D Niles wrote:
> The release notes for FreeBSD 7.3 said that it could boot to zfs.  I did
> not see any options for doing that via the normal install.  I followed
> the instructions here:
> When I reboot, I get:
> can't load 'kernel'
> I wiped the disk and tried again to verify I didn't miss a step.  Same
> result.
> I saw a suggestion that zfs.cache needed to be copied.  I did that
> during the setup, but I tried doing it again from Fixit.  Same result.

You don't need this step for 7.3.

> The other suggestion I saw was to do section 2 step 7 "again."  That
> shouldn't be necessary for 7.3, but I tried it anyway.  Still seeing
> "can't load 'kernel'."
> Any suggestions for getting FreeBSD 7.3 to boot to ZFS?

Can you try the following at the loader prompt, where you see the 
FreeBSD boot options?

    load zfs
    load opensolaris # should not be necessary, but just to be safe


Glen Barber

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