9.0 NFS Installs

Nathan Whitehorn nwhitehorn at freebsd.org
Mon Nov 7 18:29:20 UTC 2011

On 11/07/11 11:20, Sean Bruno wrote:
> I noted that we no longer have the disc1.iso in this release.  What
> should I use to populate a NFS rootfs for netinstalls?
> This was what I had been using(8.2-RELEASE) to populate NFS roots for
> netinstalls.  This allowed you to boot up into something that was
> self-contained.
> The other ISO's seem to have A LOT more stuff with symlinks pointing to
> absolute paths all over the f/s. This isn't quite as simple to copy over
> to a rootfs to use as a NFS target for booting.

You can just copy the whole CD over and it will work fine. The CD is 
basically a vanilla installed system, so you can also just set up an 
install somewhere (with bsdinstall jail /path/to/nfsroot, for instance).

Things on the CD different from a vanilla system:
- /etc/rc.local script to start the installer at boot
   (copied from /usr/src/release/rc.local)
- Distfiles copied to /usr/freebsd-dist

If you don't copy the distfiles, bsdinstall will automatically download 
them, but you probably don't want to do that every time.

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