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Re: GEOM userland tools?

Carsten Aulbert wrote:
> Is there a userland package for gpt or glabel available? With apt-cache I 
> haven't fond anything, nor was my (brief) google search very productive. 
> Trying to get ZFS working on this system with ~45 disks will drive me nuts if 
> I only have even numbered ad devices.

It isn't necessary to partition a disk if the entire disk is to be used
as a ZFS pool device: just do "zpool create pool raidz2
ad{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9}{0,2,4,6,8}" or whatever.

(in the real world you'd usually break up a 45 drive pool into five or
six raidz vdevs, not one as I show here, though it depends on your goals
and system topology)

(gpart(8), the FreeBSD userland partitioning tool, does not report ZFS
disks as being partitioned - I'm not sure why this is, though I believe
there is at least a protective MBR to mark a ZFS disk as fully used?)

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