On Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 12:34 AM, Toomas Soome <tso...@me.com> wrote:
>> On 27. jaan 2017, at 1:40, Ngie Cooper (yaneurabeya) <yaneurab...@gmail.com> 
>> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>       I tried upgrading one of my workstations and unfortunately the 
>> freebsd-boot partition is too small (I follow manpage directions, exactly, 
>> and those seem to be too small as of 10.3-RELEASE timeframe), and I don’t 
>> have enough space or ability to resize the partition and make it bigger. So, 
>> I’m in need of a build knob to control the bloat, and/or having an 
>> alternative boot loader without geli/skein/crypto support compiled in. Would 
>> you be opposed to the work?
>> Thanks,
>> -Ngie
> I do agree that since the geli knob is already there, it may do. Of course we 
> also can think of additional knobs, but there is an issue - it wont help just 
> to exclude some files, the additional features also do sit in the code, so 
> the replacement stubs will be needed, also testing them all over will take 
> some time. And the preprocessor spaghetti really is nasty thing to deal with;)
> And then there is another issue (partly why I did the feature support in 
> first place) - as the kernel does not block user from enabling the features, 
> the user can end up facing non-bootable setup which is also not good, as user 
> is using perfectly legal options, and still the whole thing is just rendered 
> unusable…

I'm curious why you can't find the space for a bigger partition?
Almost all drives these days are partitioned with a little wasted
space, and that wasted space should be more than enough to cover us
here. Also, most drives have a swap partition that can be shrunk a
trivial amount to get space for this...

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