bsdinstall and current (possible stable) snapshots

Allan Jude allanjude at
Mon Mar 23 05:55:51 UTC 2015

On 2015-03-23 01:52, Sergey V. Dyatko wrote:
> On Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:47:38 +0300
> "Sergey V. Dyatko" <sergey.dyatko at> wrote: 
>> Hi Devin,
>> Recently I'm trying to install FreeBSD CURRENT from bootonly image
>> ( FreeBSD-11.0-CURRENT-amd64-20150302-r279514-bootonly.iso)
>> on IBM HS22 blade via bladecenter's kvm but I faced with problem on checksum
>> stage, bootonly doesn't contain base, kernel,etc distributions but it contain
>> manifest file. 
>> On mirrors we have  pub/FreeBSD/snapshots/${ARCH}/11.0-CURRENT/*txz and
>> MANIFEST, sha256 sums from _local_ manifest doesn't match sha256 sums for
>> fetched files. I suppose it will be fine with RELEASE bootonly iso but not
>> with stable/current.
>> there is 2 ways how we can handle it:
>> 1) download remote MANIFEST if spotted checksum mismatch and trying to use it
>> 2) allow user to continue installation with 'broken' distributions 
>> I had to first put 10.1 then update it to HEAD :(
>> What do you think ?
> replying to myself  :)
> possible way. #3:
> distribution filenames must contain svn revision. On checksum stage we can easy
> check does local MANIFEST actual or we must use remote file...
> --
> wbr, tiger
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I have worked around this by doing:

mount -t tmpfs tmpfs /usr/freebsd-dist

This hides the MANIFEST file shipped on the bootonly image, and when
there is no local MANIFEST to compare it, it fetches one from FTP along
with the dist files, and just works.

I am unsure what the best way to handle this properly is though.

Allan Jude

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