Bootstrapping install from GRUB

Ryan Nowakowski ryan at
Fri Jul 15 16:13:31 GMT 2005

On Fri, Jul 15, 2005 at 05:19:09PM +0200, Simon 'corecode' Schubert wrote:
> 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.
Any idea what the grub parameters should be?  Right now I'm booting
this and getting a "Fatal Trap 9" kernel crash during pci init.

root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/kernel/kernel root=/boot/mfsroot.gz

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