should bsdinstall work?

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Wed May 5 01:58:58 UTC 2021


On Tue, May 04, 2021 at 04:35:17PM -0400, Nathan Whitehorn wrote:

>Where are you trying to install
>to? Usually the assumption is that the microsd images *are* the
>installed system rather than a tool you use to install a system.

I'm trying to install -current (or stable/13 or releng/13.0) to a
bootable usb3-connected external hd on raspberry pi 4 hardware. The goal
is to have this pi booting without microsd to a root-on-zfs system.

I have used raspios 64-bit to update its firmware and configured it so
it tries to boot the microsd card and if this fails, boots to usb3. Took
out that card, wrote
to another and booted it, then ran bsdinstall and selected the external
hd. The install fails to progress beyond the point I mentioned.

Maybe another wau of doing it would be to just write
to the hd from my freebsd desktop. Would that method be expected to
work? The thing is, I want root-on-zfs *and* booting with no microsd.
Just writing the .img to the hd would mean i'd have to abandon zfs.

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