Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Apr 2006 17:52 UTC
FreeBSD FreeBSD 6.1-RC1 has been released. "The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 6.1-RC1. It is meant to be a refinement of the 6-STABLE, branch with few dramatic changes. A lot of bugfixes have been made, some drivers have been updated, and some areas have been tweaked for better performance, etc., but no large changes have been made to the basic architecture."
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RE[3]: I wonder
by MamiyaOtaru on Thu 13th Apr 2006 23:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I wonder"
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Primary, secondary is DOS invention. ... You can boot FreeBSD from any partition on any disk

That certainly doesn't seem to be the case. If you are simply taking issue with his terminology, perhaps you should take issue with the FreeBSD folks as well.


"A PC disk can be divided into discrete chunks. These chunks are called partitions. By design, the PC only supports four partitions per disk. These partitions are called primary partitions. To work around this limitation and allow more than four partitions, a new partition type was created, the extended partition. A disk may contain only one extended partition. Special partitions, called logical partitions, can be created inside this extended partition.


FreeBSD must be installed into a primary partition."

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RE[4]: I wonder
by J-freebsd_98 on Fri 14th Apr 2006 00:21 in reply to "RE[3]: I wonder"
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when I first used BSD I also did not have enuf space.
I put root and /var (or root and tmp) into a primary
I had space remaining in a "secondary dos" partition.
I formatted the space with BootIt shareware as type 165, bsd, and installed usr and tmp (or usr and var) into it.
so 2 of the 4 were in space within an extended partition. Remains for someone else to test whether
BootIt or something else can do the same procedure and
fully boot a BSD that is installed *if it will* into
a previously-formatted 165 "bsd" area within the
extended partition.

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RE[5]: I wonder
by phoenix on Fri 14th Apr 2006 16:30 in reply to "RE[4]: I wonder"
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The / filesystem (which contains the boot blocks, the laoder, and the kernel) of FreeBSD *must* reside on a primary (DOS) partition. All other filesystems can be on primary (DOS) or extended/logical (DOS) partitions.

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RE[4]: I wonder
by vlado on Sun 16th Apr 2006 05:56 in reply to "RE[3]: I wonder"
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This is a misunderstanding. The handbook wants to tell you that you cannon create a FreeBSD partition inside a logical drive on extended partition. The origin of thes e troubles can be tracked to MS "concept" of primary and secondary partitions. In DOS you can have only 1 primary partition. Only MS knows why (maybe than you have no other partition to install something different. Even today when you install Windows they destroy your bootloader). In this case next partition must be "extended". Normally just create partitions (if you use FreeBSD fdisk utility you can create 4 "primary" partitions) and install a bootloader (FreeBSD native works well, but if you want more comfort GRUB is recommended). <gently flame=off>The complete message is that you must create a FreeBSD partition.

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