I really hope we aren't as ignorant as what these articles are making us
appear to be ...
We will try and not be long winded on this.
To add a USB 3TB drive, with a UFS2 fs, to an already running x86 FreeBSD
PROBLEMS The following sections from the FBSD Handbook are erroneous
and/or not properly working with this device.
18.3.1 Using sysinstall(8) After all is said and done, we are only left
with da0s1, da0s2 and da0s3 within /dev.
18.3.2 Using Command Line Utilities
18.104.22.168 Using Slices some of the commands in this section do not yield
positive results and fail. Example, as seen in the handbook:
WORKSTATION# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/da0 bs=1k count=1
dd: /dev/da0: Invalid argument
1+0 records in
0+0 records out
0 bytes transferred in 0.000108 secs (0 bytes/sec)
When we edit the bs=1k to bs=512k this appears to complete
successfully. Another example:
WORKSTATION# fdisk -BI da0
******* Working on device /dev/da0 *******
fdisk: /boot/mbr: length must be a multiple of sector size
Honestly, how does this stuff make it in to the handbook? Lets look at a
final example from the handbook; how is a novice suppose to know what to
do in the resulting file after using the following command,
bsdlabel -e da0s1
The system we are working on/with
WORKSTATION# uname -r
WORKSTATION# df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity Mounted on
/dev/ad4s1a 484M 412M 33M 93% /
devfs 1.0K 1.0K 0B 100% /dev
/dev/ad4s1f 3.4G 168K 3.2G 0% /tmp
/dev/ad4s1d 106G 23G 74G 23% /usr
/dev/ad4s1e 29G 4.3G 22G 16% /var
USB DEVICE: (3TB)
da0 at umass-sim0 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
da0: <Seagate FA GoFlex Desk 0155> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-4 device
da0: 40.000MB/s transfers
da0: 2861588MB (732566645 4096 byte sectors: 255H 63S/T 45600C)
Everyone says read the handbook, then when we do, this is what we get.
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