PXE on 7.0 problem and solution

Jeremy Chadwick koitsu at freebsd.org
Fri Feb 29 15:35:44 UTC 2008

On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 12:30:26PM -0800, Tim Clewlow wrote:
> Hi there,
> Installing 7.0 via PXE has a slight problem that is easily worked around. The
> file /boot/mfsroot.gz on the installation media needs to be unzipped to make
> PXE boot via tftp/nfs work. Otherwise the loader ultimately complains that it
> cant find the device to boot from. For example, if you have the installation
> media living at /usr/pxe/nfs/ on the PXE server, then do:

I documented this in my "how to get FreeBSD to install via PXE and
serial console" document:


I opened a PR at the time of this discovery as well:


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