net-booting the install disks (Re: 8.x grudges)

Warren Block wblock at
Mon Jul 12 19:58:59 UTC 2010

On Mon, 12 Jul 2010, Marian Hettwer wrote:

> While I fully understand that the iso images purpose is _not_ doing a 
> netinstall, I'd like to have a downloadable image which is easy pxebootable 
> and just drops into a shell. Ideally it does a dhcp request, if successful 
> starts a sshd and if not has video and serial output enabled.
> Did anybody actually stripped down a FreeBSD to do just that?
> I read my way through the pxeboot articles and the handbook section of 
> netbooting and everything... however, it really sounds a bit overcomplicated 
> to do a "make release" and stuff. No offense ment, obviously :)

Not that I've done it (yet), but NanoBSD looks like it would handle the 
stripping-down part and setting up the md devices pretty painlessly. 
The only part that remains would be to customize the booting process, 
which shouldn't be terrible.

It's possible to take the livefs memstick image and remove some of the 
parts that are not needed.  But you'll also have to modify the mfsroot 
image to add /etc, /bin, /sbin, /usr, and by the time that's all done, 
NanoBSD is likely the easier path.

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