RFC: Replacement to the MS-DOS mini-FAQ (install chapter)

Simon L. Nielsen simon at nitro.dk
Wed May 21 19:15:32 UTC 2003

On 2003.05.21 14:41:49 -0400, Tom Rhodes wrote:

> Many users wish to install FreeBSD on PCs inhabited by Microsoft based operating systems.
> For those instances, FreeBSD has a utility known as <application>fips</application>.
> This utility can be found in the <filename>tools</filename> directory on the install
> CD-ROM, or can be downloaded from one of various FreeBSD mirrors.
> The <application>fips</application> utility allows you to split an existing MS-DOS partition

Perhaps FAT partion ? or maybe FAT will just confuse people...

> or use Norton Disk Tools. You then must run <application>fips</application>. It will
> prompt you for the rest of the information it needs. Afterwords, you can reboot and

s/Afterwords/Afterwards/ ?

> with the required parameters.  The utilities most common usage is:</para>
> <screen>&prompt.root; <userinput>mount_msdos /dev/da0s1 /mnt</userinput></screen>

Perhaps use ad0s1 since IDE is much more common... And people who have
SCSI are most likely more advanced users who now the difference.

> <para>In this example, the MS-DOS file system is located on the first partition of
> the primary hard disk.  Your situation may be different, always check the

s/primary hard disk/primary IDE hard disk/ ?

Just a few thoughts, use at will.

Simon L. Nielsen
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