I’ve heard that it’s possible to install Debian GNU/kFreeBSD on ZFS partition. Following this link, brought me to this patched d-i, but… I’m not perfectly sure what should I do with those three files (initrd.gz, kfreebsd.gz and mini.iso), should I burn mini.iso at boot from it and that would be all? Or are there any other steps I need to take?
Also, it would be nice to know, whether there are any suggestions/recommendations about partitioning during installation. Will /, /boot and /home suffice? Or should I add swap (I’m not using swap, but GNU/kFreeBSD might need it, right?) or maybe remove some of these partitions? And what about /boot partition’s file system? Does it work with UFS or should I use something else, like ext2 for example?
Joey Hess [ Editor ]
All the patches Robert mentions in the blog post you linked to have reached unstable, so it should be possible to use the recently released d-i beta1 to install kfreebsd on zfs.
I was able to boot the kfreebsd installer in kvm. I had to run it on a 64 bit machine to do so.
Since partman-zfs is still only in unstable, you need to force the installer to download it from there. You can do this by editing the command line in grub before booting the installer — press “e” and then in the editor, add a new line: