9.0 NFS Installs

Sean Bruno seanbru at yahoo-inc.com
Mon Nov 7 18:59:44 UTC 2011

On Mon, 2011-11-07 at 10:29 -0800, Nathan Whitehorn wrote:
> 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.
> -Nathan

Hah!  Yes ... this is absolutely correct.  I'm netbooting VMs now,


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