Hi Eric,

Thanks for the reply.  I have now a better understanding whats possible with
FreeBSD. One question (last one) which I could not find an answer to in the
online manual is :

How would you do a Dual or multi OS boot machine f.e. with Windows on the first
disk, first slice, first partition and FreeBSD on another partition ?

Would I need a boot floppy or perhaps its not possible at all ?

Best regards

Nils Valentin


Quoting Erik Trulsson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:

On Mon, Apr 03, 2006 at 02:33:42AM +0000, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
Hello FreeBSD Fans,

I wanted to create a new system and was thinking about the following layout.

Size | Mountpoint | Device name | File system
100M /boot /dev/ad2s1a UFS2+S
1024MB --- /dev/ad2s1b SWAP
15GB / /dev/ad2s1c UFS2

I want to put /boot on its own partition, but somehow I dont have a lot of luck.
I can install the OS, but when I reboot the bootloader will not boot.

Don't do that.  You can not have /boot as a separate partition.  It just
contains the kernel and the loader.  The other things that are needed for
booting (like /bin/sh or /sbin/mount) reside elsewhere.  (Having /boot as a
separate partition is apparently some Linux-specific convention.)

What is normally done under FreeBSD when you want a small boot partition is
to create /usr and /var as separate partitions which will let you create a
small (100M) '/' partition.  (You will probably also want either a separate
/home partition for user home directories, or let them reside under
/usr/home.  (I think the latter is the default, but I am not 100% sure.)

No /boot/loader
Default: 0:ad(0,a)/boot/kernel/kernel
No /boot/kernel/kernel

1) I wouldnt mind on which partition "/boot" or "/" sits or what its named, but I would like to separate "/boot" on a different partition and it seems like it wouldnt boot when I do this. Is this just a matter of updating the bootloader ?
Wouldnt the installer do that automatically ?

See above.  You can't do that.

2) The part which I dont get is why is "/" always ad2s1a - even when I create "/boot" first ? ("/boot" will become f.e. ad2s1d) and SWAP will become ad2s1b.

You need to boot from "/" and it should be partition 'a' on the slice.  It
is probably possible to change this, but it would be much more pain and
trouble than it is worth.

So what I end up with is something like

Size | Mountpoint | Device name | File system
15GB / /dev/ad2s1a UFS2
1024MB --- /dev/ad2s1b SWAP
100M /boot /dev/ad2s1d UFS2+S

Any replies much appreciated.

A good place to start reading is the online handbook:
especially the chapter on installing FreeBSD:
The FAQ at http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/faq/  might also
prove helpful.

Best regards

Nils Valentin

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Erik Trulsson

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