slice and partition in FreeBSD 9.1

Polytropon freebsd at
Tue May 28 04:31:19 UTC 2013

On Mon, 27 May 2013 21:13:44 -0700 (PDT), J Ronald wrote:
> During the installation of FreeBSD 9.1 using bsdintall, it seems the concept has been changed.
> In the "Partition Editor", using GPT, no slice concept, no partition that using a/b/c/d.

That is correct. Instead of the MBR-style partition names
(like da0s1a or da0a), GPT-style partition names (like da0p1)
are being used. As known, they carry a UFS file system.

> Is the partition mechanism simplified here?

No. It's a _different_ mechanism.

MBR: The old system: fdisk, bsdlabel, newfs -> slices & partitions
	(slices optional: dedicated)

GPT: The new system: gpart, newfs -> partitions ("different kind of"
	compared to MBR, of course)

See this comparison:

Still you have the choice to use MBR partitioning if this is
a requirement (maybe due to hardware that has problems booting
GPT partitioned media? who knows).

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