make own freebsd distro

Paul T. Root ptroot at
Thu Aug 25 15:55:00 GMT 2005

Way back in the, I'd have to guess, 2.2.8 days. I made
my own distro on CD, for my multiple desktops. It was
a boot floppy (I think I had the CD boot) and a script
to partition, newfs, etc. the disk, and then do a restore
from the dumps I made of the template machine.

Then the script went through setting the hostname, and such,
in the file that was replaced by rc.conf. /etc/sysconfig maybe?
It was a long time ago.

It wasn't particularly fast, but it worked.

iv gan wrote:
> Try man sysinstall. You can easily script the sysinstall and create an
> install.cfg and personalize the installation including packages,
> config files, users to add, etc. It is a bit tricky but it is enough
> powerfll for your needs I think so.
> So first try a mfsroot file. Then mount it on your machine
> mdconfig -a -t vnode -u 0 -f /path/to/mfsroot
> mount /dev/md0 /mnt/mfs
> In /mnt/mfs then you have to create install.cfg there is an example of
> that file somewhere on your disk, don't remember anymore. Then put
> back the mfsroot in /your/disk/to/burn/boot/
> Then mkisofs it and cdrecord it etc.
> And that's all. Another solution is to set up a installation server.
> This is also covered by sysinstall. A nice howto is situated at
> What else. If you really need to put in on a cd you can probably use
> an emulator like qemu to see if things work before burn etc..
> good luck 
> Ivo
> On 8/25/05, Damon Blom <surferdamon at> wrote:
>>   I have a current-freebsd 7.0 amd64 system on my Presario 3000. Is there any
>>way I can make a freebsd distro cd (disk 1 and disk2 ) of my system so I can
>>easily put it on other presarios or easily reinstall it back on my notebook
>>after disk crash?
>>   Thank's
>>          Damon
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