Bootstrapping install from GRUB

Ryan Nowakowski ryan at
Fri Jul 15 15:05:03 GMT 2005

I'd like to bootstrap a FreeBSD 5.4 install from GRUB or another
harddrive-based bootloader without using PXEboot.

Problem:  GRUB will boot the FreeBSD loader, however I can't get
the loader to read a kernel from any of my existing partitions(ext2,
reiserfs, fat16).  I know it can load a kernel from UFS but I have to
have FreeBSD installed to create a UFS partition(catch-22).  Is there a
way to get a non-pxeboot loader to grab the kernel from a non-UFS
filesystem or perhaps the network(NFS or TFTP)?

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