Installation problems: filesystem is (not) full

Roman Neuhauser neuhauser at
Sun May 25 05:31:01 PDT 2003

# tom at / 2003-05-25 11:04:41 +0200:
> Basically, installation is - ehm... smooth sailing, at least, until
> the point where real installation should start. I create a slice,
> create partitions and select a distribution set. Then, however,
> installation fails. These are some random notes I took (copied):
> write failure on transfer (wrote -1 bytes of 240640 bytes)
> unable to transfer the base distribution from acd0
> / : write failed, filesystem is full
> and on VT4:
> pid 131 (cpio), uid 0 inumber 171 on /: filesystem is full
> Those errors are quite clear to me, but I can't think of any reason
> for the root filesystem to be full... I devoted all of my HD to FBSD,
> so how could it possibly be full! :-s Anyway, at that point, I can't
> exit the installer, a never-ending cycle of trying to retrieve the files
> again and telling that it won't succeed starts, so basically, I then
> just shut the power down and remain with a useless machine... :-)
> I don't recall my exact partitioning scheme, but root had about 1.5
> gigs, and /usr got 2,5. For a minute, I remembered the I/O-thingy
> I read about in the book, but also that it defaults to "enabled". So
> I'm lost.

    strange, I've been always fine with much smaller / partitions.
    what is the "I/O-thingy" you talk about? do you mean softupdates by
    any chance? that could be causing your problem if it's enabled on /,
    but given it's size I don't think this is very likely.

    hmmm... :(

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