Looking for detailed documentation: Install to existingfilesystem

Charles Howse chowse at charter.net
Wed Aug 27 09:31:24 PDT 2003

> If you mounted ad3s1e on /disk2
> and on /disk2 was freebsd/ with the distrobution files in it, I am
> suspecting you would be telling sysinstall to look to 
> /disk2/freebsd rather
> than /dev/ad3s1e/freebsd since /dev/ad3s1e/ is just the 
> device not the acual
> mounted file system.
> Hope this helps.

With all due respect, are you sure about that?
Here's why I ask...
Since I booted from the CD (or I could have opted to boot from the
floppies), and went through the entire install process, creating
partitions and slices, the fact that I created a new mount point for
/dev/ades1e on /disk2 would lead me to believe that /disk2 would not be
mounted at that point, therefore the distfiles would not be available.

Now, I'm sure they would be available if I had started sysinstall from
my running FBSD system, but that's not what I'm after here.  I'm looking
to learn how to install from an existing filesystem when (for example)
the computer won't boot the operating system.

Does that make sense?

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