Problem Restoring Dump Via Fixit Environment in FreeBSD 6.0 Release Boot Cdrom

Brian McKeon backyard1454-nospam at
Tue Apr 18 04:25:46 UTC 2006

Hello I'm having a problem restoring my backup of my FreeBSD 
installation. I recently upgraded hardrives in my laptop and made 
backups of my Gentoo and FreeBSD partitions. Gentoo restored with no 
troubles BSD however... I have made a dump of my filesystems and copied 
them onto an Ext2fs USB drive. When I boot with the 6.0 Release CDrom 
and run FIXIT to try and restore the dumps I run into problems. While I 
know the system detects the USB device, and fdisk -s (or is it l I get 
linux/unix command lines screwed up when I'm not at the prompt...) 
detects a linux native partition on the drive that seems to be as far as 
the system will allow me to go.

mount /dev/da0s1 /foobar fails with superblock errors (obviously)
mount -t ext2fs /dev/da0s1 /foobar fails with mount_ext2fs not found in 
/usr/sbin (perhaps /sbin)

when I got to /mnt2/usr/sbin (think thats the right path, i know ls  
./mount_ext2fs finds the file in the path but if its ./usr/sbin or 
./sbin I can't recall) and run ./mount_ext2fs /dev/da0s1 /foobar I get 
operation not supported by device.

fixit won't even let me mount my linux boot drive (same sets of errors) 
so I know it isn't just failing because of the USB device.

The running system allowed me to mount to drive and write to it or I 
wouldn't have the dumps on it, but I can't figure out why Fixit won't 
let me use the drive for more then a paperweight. All the googling I've 
done says just boot and mount the ext2 partition...

}--> My question is what is going wrong here? Do I have to make a 
symlink to mount_ext2fs to the path that mount -t xxx blah wants to see 
that program? Or am I just cursed? I figured restoring a backup would be 
pretty simple but Fixit doesn't seem to want to cooperate.To date this 
is my only serious issue with FreeBSD, but I would say it is quite the 
issue to have. All my previous restores occurred with a running FreeBSD 
system and the "new" drive somewhere else in the chain, but my Laptop 
supports only the one drive (well without rigging up somekind of 
adapters to add a slave port connection... not on my to do list) I could 
get the adapters and make the restore with my desktop but the whole 
point for me was being able to easily restore my laptop from 
catastrophic failure on the road, short of running the thing over that is.

don't really want to settle with linux,


ps. sorry about my english I'm an stupid engineer not a writer...

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