Restoring system files from CD

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Thu May 6 11:32:37 PDT 2004

Incoming Mail List <mailist at> writes:

> You don't have to install the entire OS to another machine if you have a
> medium to large area on your disk.  Mount up the #1 CDROM and then create
> a scratch directory somewhere on your system.  Go to the distribution
> that you think contains the files you are missing (sounds like "base"
> to me) and cat() the script.  You'll see that you can execute
> the script and send it a "DESTINATION" argument on the command line.
> That script will extract that particular distribution to what ever
> directory you include on the command line.

Given that the needed files are already listed in a file, you could do
it directly and just unpack those particular files.

Something along the lines of 
 "cat /mnt/cdrom/bin/* | tar -xzT listingFile -f -"
should do it.

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