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Date:      Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:41:43 +0100
From:      Fabian Keil <freebsd-listen@fabiankeil.de>
To:        David Benfell <benfell@parts-unknown.org>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: Want to reinstall, preserving existing configuration
Message-ID:  <20151211134143.5604454a@fabiankeil.de>
In-Reply-To: <20151210132202.Horde.L-UfLdFlWeCANimy0-JWSdg@mail.parts-unknown.org>
References:  <20151210132202.Horde.L-UfLdFlWeCANimy0-JWSdg@mail.parts-unknown.org>

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David Benfell <benfell@parts-unknown.org> wrote:

> This is about my old notebook. It has 3GB of memory, which is pretty =20
> marginal for ZFS. Adding more memory is not an option (I wish it were, =20
> but ASUS solders the memory onto the board with these systems).

ZFS can be patched to work reasonably well with a lot less than 3 GB of RAM:
https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=3D187594

> But there are a couple problems which are inclining me to reinstall. =20
> First, the system is slow and I think ZFS isn't helping me. Second, I =20
> can't for the life of me figure out how to get through a portion of =20
> the make world step where the newly rebuilt base system is supposed to =20
> be installed in single-user mode--I've been having to boot all the way =20
> and do that installation on a fully live system (yes, that's worked). =20
> ZFS isn't helping me here either (I don't have this problem on UFS =20
> systems).

It's not obvious to me why you blame ZFS for the installworld issue
and it seems unlikely to me that switching to UFS is the only way to
solve it.

Fabian

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