How to install FreeBSD remotely from Debian Linux Environment?

Ruben de Groot mail25 at
Thu Dec 13 07:27:01 PST 2007

On Tue, Dec 11, 2007 at 07:11:01PM +0100, Yves Vogl typed:
> Hi,
> I tried to install FreeBSD from an existing Debian 4.0 Linux  
> installation with "Depenguinator 1.1".
> Depenguinator failed due to a wide range of incompatibilities caused  
> by gcc-4.0 and the beta code used in Depenguinator.
> Next I built an image under my local Mac OS X 10.5 with QEMU - but the  
> next step would have been to copy the image via dd to harddisk of the  
> remote server.
> The problem is that Linux doesn't support ufs and the additional ufs- 
> tools either won't compile because of gcc-4.0, current Linux kernel  
> etc. .
> I don't have the possibility to use KVM-over-Ethernet - but I can ask  
> a technician to boot from a CD-ROM. The problem here is that the  
> neither the bootonly.iso or one of the others automatically start SSH  
> and connect via DHCP? don't they?
> So... is there another way to start a remote installation?

Hi Yves,

Best way would be to create your own custom bootable cd. This is quite easy.
Maybe you can get some ideas from this (now outdated) script I used for this
purpose years ago:

good luck,

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