howto sidestep sysinstall during installation
doconnor at gsoft.com.au
Mon May 11 13:47:35 UTC 2009
On Mon, 11 May 2009, Jerry McAllister wrote:
> On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 03:45:03PM +0930, Daniel O'Connor wrote:
> > On Mon, 11 May 2009, Saifi Khan wrote:
> > > Is there a way to sidestep the sysinstall during the
> > > installation process, beyond selecting the 'location' ?
> > >
> > > i'm using FreeBSD 8.0 200905 i386 snapshot DVD and looking
> > > for an approach to drive the entire installation from the
> > > Fixit# command line console.
> > >
> > > i'm a experienced Gentoo Linux user.
> > >
> > > Any suggestions, pointers or observations ?
> > You won't be able to partition the disk from the command line
> > because the install MFS doesn't have any of the requisite tools to
> > do so.
> ??????? I don't understand this comment.
> Recreating a disk - slice/parttion/newfs - is one of the main things
> to do under a fixit. You should have fdisk, bsdlabel and newfs
> there as well as restore for sucking dumps back in.
Depends what sort of fixit you have.
A holographic shell won't have it, but the others will.
It's pretty easy to do a minimal install on your new disk and then go
into the fixit shell, then you will have the full suite of tools
(although if you're doing a full restore you should use the /rescue
version or odd things will happen when you overwrite the binary you're
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