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Date:      Sun, 15 Nov 2009 09:19:34 -0500
From:      Jerry McAllister <jerrymc@msu.edu>
To:        David Rawling <djr@pdconsec.net>
Cc:        Gary Kline <kline@thought.org>, FreeBSD Mailing List <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: how to do a custom install?
Message-ID:  <20091115141934.GA40476@gizmo.acns.msu.edu>
In-Reply-To: <BFDFFE175893404B8BC865EE888E83B80122CC@pd-exbe.pdconsec.local>
References:  <20091115090300.GA8859@thought.org> <BFDFFE175893404B8BC865EE888E83B80122CC@pd-exbe.pdconsec.local>

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On Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 08:59:32PM +1100, David Rawling wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gary Kline
> Sent: Sun 15/11/2009 8:03 PM
>  
> 
> 	due to strange disk problems i was down for around 30 hours.  i am
> 	currently wiping dos/win off in favor of 7.2-R and i have a question
> 	about doing a "custom" install that would let me slice the drive into
> 	more that four pieces.

You probably only need one slice (which MS calls a primary partition)
but, you probably want to subdivide the slice in to FreeBSD partitions.


> 
> 	i am building, by default, 
> 
> 	/,
> 	/var
> 	SWAP,  and 
> 	/usr
> 
> 	it has been years since my custom install where [[*some*]] technique
> 	let me slice something like, say,

Again, note the difference between slice and partition in FreeBSD.
Slices are identified by numbers 1..4 and are the primary division.
Partitions are subdivisions of a slice and are identified by letters a..h
with 'c' reserved for the system to use.

Then, you create mount points which are really directories with names
such as / and /var and /usr and mount those drive-slice-partitions to
the mount points.   Swap is a special type that does not get mounted.

////jerry
> 
> 	/,
> 	/var,
> 	/tmp,
> 	/usr/local/
> 	SWAP,  and
> 	/usr
> 
> 	anybody remember what keys to hit in the installation procedure?
> 
> 	tia,
> 
> 	gary
> 
> I can't say that I remember the keystrokes, but you can have multiple disk slices (aka Windows/DOS partitions) and within each slice, multiple BSD partitions (IIRC up to 8).
> 
> I have mine partitioned into (generally)
> 
> / - 1GB
> swap - 2x - 4x RAM
> /tmp - 4GB
> /var - 20GB
> /usr - 40%
> /backup - remainder
> 
> I use the whole disk for BSD (single slice) and create the partitions as whatever size suits.
> 
> Dave.
> --
> David Rawling
> PD Consulting And Security
> Email: djr@pdconsec.net
> 
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