Difference in slice numbering FreeBSD 4.x vs. 6.x?

Torfinn Ingolfsen torfinn.ingolfsen at broadpark.no
Tue May 23 12:03:04 PDT 2006

It has been a long time, but today was a rainy day without plans, so
now I'm following up on an old thread.

On Tue, 21 Feb 2006 08:02:23 -0300
"Giovanni P. Tirloni" <gpt at tirloni.org> wrote:

>   I've moved hard disks around many times and this has never
> happened. Can you send us `fdisk /dev/ad0` from 4.11 and 6.0 so we
> can spot anything not normal ? 

I didn't have a live CD or fixit floppy at hand, so I just used the
"fdisk" menu in systinstall (on the 6.1-RELEASE / i386 cd).
It says that there are two slices:

> Does it still boot in the machine  after we've booted in the laptop ?

Nope, it acts the same there - the boot manager says "F3" and "F4" aout
slices to boot from.
Unfortunately, the only slice it will boot is F3, which now is FreeBSD
4.11. Alas, the machine used for testing is a amd64 one, and it will
not boot 4.11 completely - it panics with a fatal trap 9 after a ad0
READ timeout and ata0: resetting devices ..

I'll guess that it is something I have done, even if I can't figure out

For the record, I just wiped all slices on the hard drive, installed
FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE (i386) on it, put it back into the
laptop and it boots with no problem. The PC card controller in the
laptop is still not detected, but that's another story.
Torfinn Ingolfsen,

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