Warning - the following instructions will ravage your machine and then eat all the food in your refrigerator, and unlike the dwarves, they won't be kidding about breaking your dishes.

This example assumes FreeBSD 11 or thereabouts, UEFI, a pair of disks, and a desire to mirror everything, including the EFI System Partition.

Unlike bsdinstall's default for ZFS, it doesn't set explicit mountpoints for datasets, but instead relies on inheritance.

A notable trick is the use of gmirror for the EFI boot partition, a notion gratefully lifted from CentOS. Caveat: Some UEFI firmwares have been known to write files to the ESP. While uncommon, this would result in your ESP mirror being inconsistent. Setting the mirror balance mode to "prefer" and causing a resync at boot might help work around this. (Details forthcoming.)

This variation of the instructions if for FreeBSD 11, where the UEFI bootloader doesn't know about both ZFS and GELI. For a newer example for FreeBSD 12, where loader.efi does understand both GELI and ZFS, see: UEFIandZFSandGELIbyHAND12.

For the legacy boot equivalent, see: LegacyZFSandGELI.

# We're clearing off the disks to start. This is a destructive operation.
gpart destroy -F ada0
gpart destroy -F ada1

gpart create -s gpt ada0
gpart create -s gpt ada1

# Add partitions. We'll access them by name everywhere.
gpart add -t efi -s 1m -l efi0 ada0
gpart add -t efi -s 1m -l efi1 ada1
gpart add -t freebsd-zfs -l boot0 -a 1m -s 512m ada0
gpart add -t freebsd-zfs -l boot1 -a 1m -s 512m ada1
# If you're not going to use a ZVOL for swap, then:
gpart add -t freebsd-swap -l swap0 -a 1m -s 8192m ada0
gpart add -t freebsd-swap -l swap1 -a 1m -s 8192m ada1
gpart add -t freebsd-zfs -l tank0 -a 1m ada0
gpart add -t freebsd-zfs -l tank1 -a 1m ada1

# Set up gmirrors
kldload geom_mirror
gmirror label -v -b prefer efi gpt/efi0 gpt/efi1
gmirror label -v swap gpt/swap0 gpt/swap1
newfs_msdos /dev/mirror/efi

# There's a bug in GPT label handling. If you run into it, unrelated labels
# will disappear as others are consumed by gmirror. For instance, in this set,
# after consuming gpt/efi0 and gpt/efi1, I might find that gpt/swap1 has gone
# missing. If you hit this, you can set up your mirrors as /dev/ada0p1 rather
# than gpt/efi0, using this guide as an example. BZ#230246

# Set up GELI
geli init -s 4096 -b -g gpt/tank0
geli init -s 4096 -b -g gpt/tank1
geli attach gpt/tank0
geli attach gpt/tank1

# Create the root pool.
zpool create -R /mnt -o cachefile=/tmp/zpool.cache -O mountpoint=/ \
    -O atime=off -O canmount=off -O compression=on \
    tank mirror gpt/tank0.eli gpt/tank1.eli
zfs create -o canmount=off -o mountpoint=none tank/ROOT
zfs create -o mountpoint=/ tank/ROOT/default
zfs create tank/home
zfs create -o canmount=off tank/usr
zfs create tank/usr/jails
zfs create tank/usr/local
zfs create tank/usr/obj
zfs create tank/usr/src
zfs create tank/usr/ports
zfs create tank/usr/ports/distfiles
zfs create -o canmount=off tank/var
zfs create tank/var/log
zfs create tank/var/tmp
zfs create tank/tmp

# If you want swap on a zvol, look up related tuning as well.
# E.g., https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=199189
# and https://wiki.freebsd.org/AndriyGapon/AvgPageoutAlgorithm
# Note that /etc/rc.d/zvol will notice the org.freebsd:swap property and
# activate this automatically on boot.
# As of my testing with 11.1, the system will eventually lock on overfill,
# so I don't recommend swap on a zvol as of 11.1.
# zfs create -o org.freebsd:swap=on -V 8G tank/swap

# Create the boot pool.
zpool create -R /mnt -o cachefile=/tmp/zpool.cache -O mountpoint=/zboot \
    -O atime=off -O compression=on boot mirror gpt/boot0 gpt/boot1

# Copy over the zpool cache so we'll have it on the running system.
cp /tmp/zpool.cache /mnt/zboot

# Personal preference - I don't like /usr/home.
ln -s /home /mnt/usr/home

# Don't forget to take the option of a shell to finish configuration at the
# end of the install.

The install will proceed.

When offered a post-install shell, take it, and:

# The installer doesn't know about /zboot, so we'll copy over /boot, and put
# the cache file in place.
mv /boot /zboot
ln -s /zboot/boot
mv /zboot/zpool.cache /boot/zfs

cat > /boot/loader.conf <<END




cat >> /etc/rc.conf <<END

cat > /etc/fstab <<END
/dev/mirror/efi /boot/efi msdosfs rw,late 0 0
# If you're not using swap on a zvol:
/dev/mirror/swap.eli none swap sw 0 0

# If /dev/ has been depopulated - I see this under 11+
rm /dev/null
mount -t devfs devfs /dev

# Historically, we didn't manipulate EFI variables. Now we can, although it's
# buggy. I'll present both options. I've got one box that doesn't honor the
# default \EFI\BOOT\BOOTX64.EFI, hence my exploration.

# Preparing for UEFI boot.
mkdir /boot/efi
mount -t msdosfs /dev/mirror/efi /boot/efi

# If we have a box that's happy with the fallback naming, we can just do that.
mkdir -p /boot/efi/efi/boot
cp /boot/boot1.efi /boot/efi/efi/boot/bootx64.efi

# If we want to set entries up with the FreeBSD efibootmgr program, as we can
# do that too.
kldload efirt
mkdir -p /boot/efi/efi/freebsd
cp /boot/boot1.efi /boot/efi/efi/freebsd/
efibootmgr -c -L freebsd0 -l ada0p1:/efi/freebsd/boot1.efi
efibootmgr -c -L freebsd1 -l ada1p1:/efi/freebsd/boot1.efi

# Obviously check to see what numbers were actually assigned first.
efibootmgr -a 1
efibootmgr -a 2

efibootmgr -o 1,2

# Note that the ordering command seems not to work, at least on some hardware.
# You might be forced to set boot order manually on first boot. Also note that
# the documentation is incorrect and shows the Linux tool's syntax. BZ#230871

# Note that activation, implicit in Linux, is explicit here. I've not yet tried
# including -a as shown above - I've done it separately. I believe this will
# work. If it doesn't, run "efibootmgr -a ..." for each of the boot menu entries
# after "efibootmgr -c ...", as a separate step.

# You should be good to go at this point. Variations on this can include
# setting up keys rather than passphrases for GELI. Also, note that you
# can create "degraded arrays" in gmirror by only specifying one device.
# This can be useful for initial set-up work where you intend to later
# add the other half of a mirror.

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