Fwd: Re: New work on installer?

Jud judmarc at fastmail.fm
Tue May 18 02:48:23 PDT 2004

It appears I may have neglected to cc the list with my initial reply - if  
not, apologies in advance for any duplication.

------- Forwarded message -------
From: Jud <judmarc at fastmail.fm>
To: "Matthew Seaman" <m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk>, slave-mike  
<slave-mike at slavepix.com>
Subject: Re: New work on installer?
Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 05:35:25 -0400

On Mon, 17 May 2004 18:09:19 +0100, Matthew Seaman
<m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk> wrote:

> On Mon, May 17, 2004 at 12:38:55PM +0000, slave-mike wrote:
>> If one were to *not* use the installer to setup a FreeBSD system, (aka,
>> like *old* dos, each step done manually), what are the manual steps
>> involved?
> It's not something that I have at my finger-tips, as there's generally
> no need to install without the installer...  However, an outline of
> the process would be something like this:
>     - Boot up system from removable media (CD-Rom, floppy disk),
>       or other external media (eg. Netboot (PXE)).
>     - Slice and partition disk space appropriately
>     - Install boot blocks or MBR if required
>     - Create file systems on the partitions that require them.
>       Temporarily mount the new file systems so that they can be
>       written to.
>     - Copy into place the kernel, kernel modules, the contents of the
>       system directories like /lib, /bin, /sbin. /usr/bin, /usr/sbin
>       This can be from a disk image or .tar file or similar on your
>       installation media, or from any other system accessible over the
>       network.
>     - Edit the crucial configuration files (/etc/fstab, /etc/hosts,
>       /etc/resolv.conf, /etc/rc.conf, ...) with appropriate data for
>       the system.
>     - Set a root password and possibly add other user accounts as
>       required.
>     - Reboot

DragonFlyBSD is a fork of FreeBSD 4.x that, last I looked, lacks
sysinstall.  Except for DragonFly's 'cpdup' command (for which one could
substitute 'tar' or something similar, I suppose), these instructions for
installing DragonFly should therefore fairly closely mirror a
sysinstall-less FreeBSD install from a convenient ISO:



More information about the freebsd-questions mailing list