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dive 10-25-2011 06:19 AM

Dual Booting with FreeBSD 9
 
For those of us that like to run FreeBSD as well as Slack.

Version 9+ of FreeBSD uses the GPT partition system and will no longer boot from lilo or Grub1.

I've written a small guide on installing Grub2.

http://slackwiki.com/Dual_Booting_With_FreeBSD_9

Hope it's useful.

Nylex 10-25-2011 07:57 AM

Thanks for that. I'm thinking of trying FreeBSD 9.0 when it's released proper and I wasn't aware that neither GRUB Legacy not LILO could boot it.

GazL 10-25-2011 08:13 AM

Is the issue just that their installer defaults to using GPT as of version 9 or are you saying they've dropped support for traditional partitions?
Whenever I've played with the BSD's I've always created the type a5/a6 partitions from linux rather than try and partition using the BSD installer. Is this no longer possible?

dive 10-25-2011 08:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GazL (Post 4507611)
Is the issue just that their installer defaults to using GPT as of version 9 or are you saying they've dropped support for traditional partitions?
Whenever I've played with the BSD's I've always created the type a5/a6 partitions from linux rather than try and partition using the BSD installer. Is this no longer possible?

I'm not really sure on that. FreeBSD 9 comes with a new installer that is greatly simplified (although I think sysinstall is still there in the Beta). I'll look into it now I've got some spare time

D.

adamk75 10-25-2011 08:49 AM

GazL, I updated to the 9-BETAs on a system where I already has FreeBSD installed. It saw my partition table and slices in the installer, so you should have no problems using a traditional layout.

Adam

hitest 10-25-2011 08:56 AM

Thanks for this dive! :)
I am hopeful that the FreeBSD developers will publish a guide on dual booting other OSs when 9.0 is released. I am very comfortable dual booting slackware/freebsd with FreeBSD 8.x and earlier using sysinstall. The rules have changed with GPT. I've asked this question in the freebsd forum (many thanks to dive's contribution in the freebsd forum thread- slackhead).

http://forums.freebsd.org/showthread.php?t=26872

onebuck 10-25-2011 09:56 AM

Add links
 
Hi,

Quote:

Originally Posted by dive (Post 4507523)
For those of us that like to run FreeBSD as well as Slack.

Version 9+ of FreeBSD uses the GPT partition system and will no longer boot from lilo or Grub1.

I've written a small guide on installing Grub2.

http://slackwiki.org/Dual_Booting_With_FreeBSD_9

Hope it's useful.

Thanks Dive! With your permission I will be adding
http://slackwiki.org/Dual_Booting_With_FreeBSD_9 link to SlackwareŽ-Links & So you want to be a Slacker! What do I do next?

dive 10-25-2011 10:40 AM

Sure and thanks :)

dive 10-25-2011 06:43 PM

Ok, after a lot of messing around I found out a few things.

Use the new bsdinstall 'manual' partition creator to create BSD Label partitions and all is good.
Grub2 refuses to see ufs/ufs2 file systems so it means falling back to good old lilo with something like:

Code:

other=/dev/sdb1
        table = /dev/sdb
        loader = /boot/loader
        label = FreeBSD

I tried using newfs originally from the boot CD shell to create ufs2 in the partition, but for some reason lilo didn't like it.

ottavio 10-25-2011 08:03 PM

Slightly OT, I would like to see a tutorial on booting Slackware and Netbsd side by side. I would like to install pkgsrc on Slackware but I couldn't find a recent tutorial.

TSquaredF 10-31-2011 10:00 AM

Slackwiki.org seems to have disappeared for the moment. Dive, do you have the dual booting instructions posted anywhere else?
Regards,
Bill

ruario 10-31-2011 11:12 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by TSquaredF (Post 4512469)
Slackwiki.org seems to have disappeared for the moment. Dive, do you have the dual booting instructions posted anywhere else?

bsdinstall supports other partition types as well, so unless you want GPT partition system and with that Grub2, you don't have to do this.

TSquaredF 10-31-2011 11:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ruario (Post 4512516)
bsdinstall supports other partition types as well, so unless you want GPT partition system and with that Grub2, you don't have to do this.

Hi, ruario. I have been using Grub2 since it first showed up on SBo, & the GPT partition system for the past few months. I really don't have to do this, but I want to try.
Regards,
Bill

ruario 10-31-2011 12:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TSquaredF (Post 4512537)
I really don't have to do this, but I want to try.

Ok, then use the Google cache. ;)

http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...hannel=suggest

Quote:

Originally Posted by TSquaredF (Post 4512469)
Slackwiki.org seems to have disappeared for the moment.

I created another thread about this.

dive 10-31-2011 12:39 PM

www.slackwiki.com

I'll change it in the first post.


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