512MB nano install partitioning question

  • I'm seeing the following for mounts on the 2.1 512 nano install:

    Filesystem           Size    Used   Avail Capacity  Mounted on
    /dev/ufs/pfsense0    215M    165M     33M    83%    /
    devfs                1.0k    1.0k      0B   100%    /dev
    /dev/ufs/cf           49M    1.2M     44M     3%    /cf
    /dev/md0              38M    186k     35M     1%    /tmp
    /dev/md1              57M     17M     35M    33%    /var
    devfs                1.0k    1.0k      0B   100%    /var/dhcpd/dev

    That accounts for about 360MB.  Where is the other ~153MB?

    Reason I'm asking is that I can no longer fit the three packages I had installed on my 2.0.x installed on the same 512MB CF.

    Obviously 2.1 takes up a bit more space.

  • The nanoBSD install has 2 copies of FreeBSD in 2 partitions on the CF card. This lets you switch back and forth between version of pfSense/FreeBSD if necessary. That is where the missing space has gone. On the CF card there will also be /dev/ufs/pfsense1 - not mounted.

  • Excellent.  I think I just found my new /usr partition :)

    Thanks for the info!

  • When you upgrade nanoBSD, it writes the new pfSense-FreeBSD OS upgrade image to the opposite partition to the one in use, then swaps the selected boot partition and reboots. So the use of both /dev/ufs/pfsense0 and /dev/ufs/pfsense1 is built deep into the system maintenance scheme. You will break all that if you scrub /dev/ufs/pfsense1 and re-use it for general data.

    It is time to make the investment in a bigger CF card.
    And probably time that the pfSense documentation states that only base systems with only minimal "real" packages are supported on 512MB CF cards.
    ("real" packages are those that have actual PBI kits that install binaries and stuff - PHP-only packages like cron, don't count)

  • Ah - also good to know.  Thanks again.

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