Install from USB flash drive? Sort of...

Brandon Fosdick bfoz at
Sun Aug 28 21:50:23 GMT 2005

Oliver Fromme wrote:
> Brandon Fosdick <bfoz at> wrote:
>  > [...]
>  > Determined to press on I tried the "install from existing file
>  > system" option, w hich I had never noticed before. That didn't work
>  > since I had no idea what path to give it, or even if the flash drive
>  > had been mounted.
> It depends on the FreeBSD version.  Older versions mounted
> it on /dist, if I remember correctly, but newer ones mount
> it directly on /.

So assuming the flash is mounted as /, what path do I give sysinstall when it asks? I've tried /, /dist and /mnt. None worked.

> You can copy directly from the ISO to your flash drive,
> excluding the things that you don't need (i.e. packages).
> There's no need to make an additional copy on your HD.
> For example:
> # cd /cdrom; find . | grep -v /packages | cpio -dump /flash

That worked much better.


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