Install bug - 4.9 stable - post install circular reboot

Loren M. Lang lorenl at
Wed Jan 21 02:02:51 PST 2004

On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 09:10:14AM -0400, Kevin Berrien wrote:
> I can confirm an issue posted Dec 3rd, freebsd-stable maillist, titled
> "4.9 install buglet".
> I experience this bug running the install (various configurations) 100%
> of the time.  After install, after system reboot, the boot loader comes
> up with F1: FreeBSD, and reboots continually forever.  To test, I made 3
> installs without issue using 4.8.  So first, I'd like to confirm the bug
> report, and ask the following.
> In his "buglet" post, Ian noted the following work around.
> > Work around.  Force write in label screen (or rewrite MBR
> > and label post reboot)

I just experienced this same bug after installing freebsd 4.9 on monday
this week, though I don't remember seeing any message at all, it just
rebooted automatically without me doing anything at all.  The soulution
I found was to boot using the live cd, go into fix-it mode and run
disklabel -B /dev/ad0 to reinstall the mbr, and since then freebsd had
been running perfectly and is now serving mail to 40+ people.

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