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More partitioning woes via disklabel

Hey everyone. I'm having some more partitioning woes. I'm using disklabel to create partitions, and I noticed that if I try to create partition 'a' with 1.3TB, it will size it down to 1.0TB. If I create swap first at 2GB, then I can create partition 'b' and use the '$' character when determining the size of the partition to utilize all remaining space and thus size my root filesystem at 1.3TB.

However, if I use ld0b as root instead of ld0a, which is the only way to use all of the desired space, I get the following kernel errors when trying to boot:

boot device: ld0
root on ld0a dumps on ld0b
root file system type: ffs
warning: lookup /dev/console: error 22
exec /sbin/init: error 22
init not found
panic: no init

I'm then given the kernel debugger to play with. I have no idea what to do at this point. Any ideas? Why would disklabel not let me create a partition beyond 1TB the first way, but let me make it larger if I put it at the end?

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