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OpenBSD: Destroy a Softraid Partition

Posted on September 14, 2016

Booting an OpenBSD’s installation media and trying to remove previously created softraid partitions may end up with the following error:

disklabel: ioctl DIOCWDINFO: Open partition would move or shrink
disklabel: unable to write label

Here is how to resolve this issue…

The Issue

The problem is that the device nodes (in the /dev directory) are not created automatically by default after the installation media boots.

The Solution

Here is how to create the device nodes manually:

$ cd /dev
$ sh MAKEDEV sd0
$ sh MAKEDEV sd1

…continue for as many nodes as necessary.

Now, it is possible to detach an sdX softraid0 partition (will destroy data):

$ bioctl -d sdX

And finally, to edit the disklabel of disk sdY (will destroy data):

$ disklabel -E sdY
d a
d b

… and continue for as many partitions as necessary.

Tags: #OpenBSD #encryption #softraid #disklabel

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