bin/161051: bsdinstall cannot install on existing partitions

Ben Kaduk kaduk at
Tue Sep 27 01:40:06 UTC 2011

>Number:         161051
>Category:       bin
>Synopsis:       bsdinstall cannot install on existing partitions
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Sep 27 01:40:05 UTC 2011
>Originator:     Ben Kaduk
>Release:        9-beta 2
Per my mail to -current of 16 September 2011, I had an old scratch box with 7.4 on it, that I wanted to try the installer out on.  I figured I could just reuse the partitions for testing (even though this is in general risky, due to stale libraries/configuration files/etc.), but was unable to do so.  The extracting stage died with an error about being unable to create /var/empty with appropriate permissions.
Try to install 9-beta2 on existing partitions
Either the /var/empty errors could be worked around, or the installer should refuse to use existing partitions.


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