Bootstrapping install from GRUB

Simon 'corecode' Schubert corecode at
Fri Jul 15 15:19:25 GMT 2005

Ryan Nowakowski wrote:
> 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)?
> Suggestions?

First time load the kernel via grub, not the loader. The kernel will 
complain, yet still work. After you're done installing, you can switch 
grub to use the loader.


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