Mounting OpenBSD partitions

Wilko Bulte wkb at
Wed Dec 6 07:21:02 PST 2006

On Wed, Dec 06, 2006 at 05:13:43PM +0200, Clayton Milos wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Alex Burke" <alexjeffburke at>
> To: "FreeBSD STABLE" <freebsd-stable at>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 3:18 PM
> Subject: Re: Mounting OpenBSD partitions
> >Hi,
> >
> >What you need is a GEOM module called nbsd. Here is the link:
> >
> >
> >This module is analgous to the default component (geom_bsd I believe
> >it is called) that understands FreeBSD disklabels, but instead it
> >understands NetBSD, OpenBSD and DragonFlyBSD disklabels.
> >
> >Once compiled and kldload'ed into the kernel, that module will allow
> >you to mount your partitions from the OpenBSD disk. However, note that
> >when I used it, there was some bug that did not allow you to get rid
> >of the module (cannot rememeber whether it panicked, hung or just
> >refused to unload), and so I simply rebooted once I had pulled the
> >data off the drive I needed to.
> >
> >Incidentally, it seems a great shame that FreeBSD does not deliver
> >this support in the base system, it would seem like a VERY useful
> >thing to be able to do for users and developers who use a couple of
> >the different BSD systems.
> >
> >Thanks and hope this helps, Alex J Burke.
> Alex
> You have a very valid point here.
> FreeBSD's support for other FS' is horiffic. Very little else is supported 
> which I find very sad.
> There is not even support for Solaris UFS. Something that would be really 
> nice would be support for XFS.
> I personally think that XFS is a really good FS with nice features.

Nobody stops anybody from working on your favorite FS support.  There are
not that many clueful FS hackers around, so stating that things "should be
done" typically do not help.  Unfortunately I might add.


More information about the freebsd-stable mailing list