Query about FreeBSD and primary partitions requirements

Bret Busby bret at busby.net
Sat Jun 11 09:18:25 UTC 2011


Some time ago, I asked on this list, about installing FreeBSD, and it 
was then confirmed that FreeBSD requires to be installed in a primary 

That is consistent with the current FreeBSD Handbook, which states
"FreeBSD must be installed into a primary partition."

However, in the last couple of days, I have been advised that FreeBSD 
can be installed in, and, quite happily runs in, a logical partition 
within an extended partition.

Has anyone other than the person who advised me of that, tested the 
installation and operation of FreeBSD, within a logical patition of an 
extended partition, that has given a result that confirms that FeeBSD 
can now be successfully installed and run, in a logical partition of an 
extended partition of a hard drive?

Thank you in anticipation.

Bret Busby
West Australia

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