As I understand it, instead of writing instantly to disk (breaking things up to do so, a la Windows), FreeBSD (and Linux, Solaris, etc...) caches disk writes until a proper place on the disk can be found.
This is why it can be disastrous to just shut off a FreeBSD system (i.e. pull the plug). A proper shutdown insures all the not-yet-written things get written to disk.
Welcome to the brave new world of FreeBSD. Cheers!
-- Michael A. Smith <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Programmer at Large
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