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Date:      Fri, 22 Jan 2010 06:49:38 +0200
From:      Dan Naumov <dan.naumov@gmail.com>
To:        "Thomas K." <fwd@gothschlampen.com>
Cc:        FreeBSD-STABLE Mailing List <freebsd-stable@freebsd.org>, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Loader, MBR and the boot process
Message-ID:  <cf9b1ee01001212049u6cffd8abo9efa380a8efa9609@mail.gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <20100122041237.GA22312@gothschlampen.com>
References:  <cf9b1ee01001211957j43a9d6a9j3d1e29d19aebf418@mail.gmail.com> <20100122041237.GA22312@gothschlampen.com>

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On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 6:12 AM, Thomas K. <fwd@gothschlampen.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 05:57:23AM +0200, Dan Naumov wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
>> I recently found a nifty "FreeBSD ZFS root installation script" and
>> been reworking it a bit to suit my needs better, including changing it
>> from GPT to MBR partitioning. However, I was stumped, even though I
>> had done everything right (or so I thought), the system would get
>> stuck at Loader and refuse to go anywhere. After trying over a dozen
>
> probably this line is the cause:
>
> dd if=/mnt2/boot/zfsboot of=/dev/"${TARGETDISK}"s1a skip=1 seek=1024
>
> Unless by "swap first" you meant the on-disk location, and not the
> partition letter. If swap is partition "a", you're writing the loader
> into swapspace.
>
>
> Regards,
> Thomas

At first you made me feel silly, but then I decided to double-check, I
uncommented the swap line in the partitioning part again, ensured I
was writing the bootloader to "${TARGETDISK}"s1b and ran the script.
Same problem, hangs at loader. Again, if I comment out the swap,
giving the entire slice to ZFS and then write the bootloader to
"${TARGETDISK}"s1a, run the script, everything works.


- Sincerely,
Dan Naumov



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