FreeBSD 8.0-BETA1 Available

Andreas Tobler andreast-list at
Wed Jul 8 20:27:04 UTC 2009

Ken Smith wrote:

> The amd64 and i386 architectures include a file named:
> 	8.0-BETA1-<arch>-memstick.img
> If you copy that to a USB memory stick newer machines should be able to
> boot from it and use it to install from.  Note that you need to
> overwrite the contents of the memory stick completely, not copy it into
> an existing filesystem on the memory stick.  Exactly how you do that
> depends on your machine but just to give you an example this works on
> the machine I tested it with:
>   dd if=8.0-BETA1-amd64-memstick.img of=/dev/da0 bs=10240 conv=sync
> Be careful if you have SCSI drives, more USB disks than just the memory
> stick, etc - make sure /dev/da0 (or whatever you use) is the memory
> stick.  Using this image for livefs based rescue mode is known to not
> work, that is one of the things still being worked on.

Unfortunately my biggest mem stick has only 512MB. So I tried to dd to 
an usb drive. (Will get a bigger stick tomorrow)

I was successful in installing the image, although, a few packages did 
not install. I did a kern developer package. I guess the packages are 
missing on the .img?

Right now I'm installing the other things via net.

Is this method equal to an usb stick install at all?

Below the top of dmesg.


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FreeBSD 8.0-BETA1 #0: Sat Jul  4 03:55:14 UTC 2009
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Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz (2793.01-MHz 686-class CPU)
   Origin = "GenuineIntel"  Id = 0xf29  Stepping = 9
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avail memory = 473395200 (451 MB)

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