FreeBSD 9.3 new install problems ....

Roland Smith rsmith at
Sat Aug 2 18:54:53 UTC 2014

On Sat, Aug 02, 2014 at 09:18:18AM -0500, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
> >> I poked around a bit (*not* much), & missed anything RAID-related in the
> >> installer .... is that on me ? The FreeBSD doc site seemed to imply that
> >> I would need the shell approach to do what I wanted, so I mostly just
> >> went w/ that, maybe more pilot error :-/ ....
> > Personally, to keep things simple I like to install FreeBSD on a simple UFS
> > partition.
> >
> > Once the system is up and running I can then mirror/raid the data drives any
> > way I choose.
> >
> > There is a wiki page about setting up FreeBSD on a mirrored ZFS boot drive
> > though;
> >
> >
> > Roland
> I tried that & it worked, I am up & running, but on only 1/4 drives. I know
> ZFS can add drive/providers to stripes or mirrors, how about UFS ?  I can
> create the stripe for /home & arrange for that to be mounted, but what about
> root ? Is there a way to create a stripe from 1 or more possibly partitions
> ? TIA for any more clues ....

You can create a stripe from devices, not from partitions, AFAICT. See
gstripe(8). Unlike ZFS (where you can add disks to an existing pool), I don't
think you can later add devices to an existing gstripe.

I'd suggest that you create a raidz pool from the remaining devices, and use
that for whatever filesystems you like. You can have multiple filesystems on
one zpool, and they will share all the space in the pool.

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