cannot install from existing UFS thumb drive with sysinstall
cvoth at telus.net
Fri Oct 10 12:10:20 UTC 2008
Is there no one out there that can help?
I've dug into NFS a little more and that does not appear to support
mounting a local filesystem under sysinstall.
In the following thread, Richard Tobin makes an assertion that suggests
that I might be able to mount my thumb drive's existing UFS partition in
the disk labelling step.
[ http://tinyurl.com/3mknq7 ]
The first problem I ran into was that there is no way to add a second
drive (ie. target drive is SATA hard disk, thumb drive is install drive)
to the disk labelling step. The only way that that can be achieved is by
first adding it to the fdisk partitioning step. I'm willing to believe
that *maybe* there's no risk to my thumb drive in rewriting it's disk
label if I'm very careful not to newfs it. But nothing about the fdisk
partition editor gives me a sense that it will hold off of rewriting my
thumb drive's slice table even though I'm not trying to change anything.
It just seems perverse to have to reslice and relabel just to mount an
existing filesystem. If the only way one can mount a local filesystem in
sysinstall is using the disk label editor, can someone explain to me the
actual consequences and risks of this procedure? I did not proceed to
Write or Commit in this little experiment yet because of the unknown risks.
I have to say that I cannot believe how horribly unfriendly sysinstall
is for anyone wanting to use a USB thumb drive as an install medium. In
fact, it's looking totally unusable.
Clearly sysinstall is utilizing 'mount' functionality for it's own
purposes. Surely there's some way for me to access it too?!?
Carl / K0802647
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