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Re: Single slice for FreeBSD
- To: James Earl <james_(_at_)_icionline_(_dot_)_ca>
- Subject: Re: Single slice for FreeBSD
- From: Peter Grehan <grehan_(_at_)_freebsd_(_dot_)_org>
- Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 11:22:55 -0800
- Cc: freebsd-ppc_(_at_)_freebsd_(_dot_)_org
- Reply-to: grehan_(_at_)_freebsd_(_dot_)_org
I think I may be confusing partitions and slices. Correct me if I'm
wrong please. The subject should probably be "Single partition for
It's all a bit confusing since the terms in FreeBSD are usually
Disks on power mac's are carved up using an Apple Partition Map and
not a PC-style MBR. The individual sections are 'partitions' in Apple
terminology, but are 'slices' in FreeBSD MBR terminology. To confuse
things even more, FreeBSD then subdivides up MBR 'slices' into BSD
'partitions', e.g. /dev/ad0s4a.
FreeBSD/ppc doesn't subdivide Apple partitions. I guess it could using
GPT, but that would also involve a change to the bootloader.
In any event, I htink you are right: the terminology you want is a
partition. Unfortunately the auto-create partitions in the disklabel
part of sysinstall is busted - you have to manually do this. My
recommendation is to select the Apple partition you want to use (e.g.
/dev/ad0s8), put '/' on that, and optionally use another partition for swap.
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