ZFS fails with bsdinstaller 9.0RC3

Garrett Cooper yanegomi at gmail.com
Mon Jan 9 03:09:27 UTC 2012

On Jan 8, 2012, at 6:46 PM, Freek Dijkstra wrote:

> Garrett Cooper wrote:
>>> I just tried to install FreeBSD 9.0RC3 with a ZFS-only file system. I
>>> succeeded by doing a manual install. The bsdinstaller failed: it would
>>> write not write the new filesystem to /mnt as expected (I presume it has
>>> overwritten the memstick filesystem at /). I'm relative new to FreeBSD,
>>> so I'm trying to understand what I did wrong, or if this is quirk in the
>>> bsdinstaller (unlikely).
>>    Uh, memory serves me correctly, you were in the zfs root...
> /me slaps head. I just never thought of that possibility....
> Thanks for your insight!

	Np :).

> (off-topic)
> Could I have exited the /mnt jail with exit?
> I needed to run
> # zfs set mountpoint=/ zroot
> but got
> internal error: failed to initialize ZFS library
> which indeed is what happens in a chrooted jail.
> Would there have been another way for me to run the ifs?

	Yes. Instead of choosing "Reboot" in the last step you could have chosen "Live CD"; this will dump you into the cd's root instead of the chrooted root.

> PS: sorry for the delayed "thank you". I was mostly away from my
> keyboard this weekend.

	No worries :).

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