parted should go
cmd/parted and lib/libparted are years old fork
It is not replacement for format/fdisk commands, it should go to userland gate.
Updated by Rich Lowe over 8 years ago
You're still going to have to provide a credible flag-day crossing mechanism. That's going to involve the userland gate producing packages anyone can install, without dances involving newer versions of pkg:/package/pkg, the OI -experimental repo, or the like.
Updated by Milan Jurik over 8 years ago
I plan to provide IPS repo available on top of prestable OI build, available through rsync (file based) and http.
Maybe I can provide also SVR4 but I think only OI has support for SVR4.
Anyway, I will submit RTI to Illumos and Userland and putbacks have to be coordinated.
Updated by Jim Klimov over 8 years ago
On one hand, (g)parted is actively used in the OI LiveCD/USB installer, but that can still be done with them in the userland. Greater question is on the other hand: whether format/fdisk support the large HDDs and GPT table (as container for Solaris partitions with slices for ZFS and possibly other Solaris-compatible FSes)?
That is, can an illumos-based system without parted work with large drives (other than giving the whole drive to ZFS as a pool component, which is what most people would probably do in reality).
I don't have a big drive to test, so an experiment with a yes/no answer would sufice ;)