FreeBSD 2.2.9 / Installation problem

Kris Kennaway kris at
Thu Mar 15 19:51:02 UTC 2007

On Thu, Mar 15, 2007 at 08:43:32PM +0100, Nino Ivanov wrote:
> Dear Chistian, Dear Kris,
> I also think the RAM will not be the issue, as it is a text-only install,
> and indeed, I am not planning to "get fancy". I completely don't need X.
> Midnight Commander is perfectly fine as a working environment. 4.11 seemed
> OK.
> But I am having a different problem right now, which I am still researching:
> It does not recognize the device from where to mount root correctly. I mean
> the following: When I put FreeBSD into the Compaq for installation, the
> harddrive is ad4 or ad8. But in the system where I want to run it, the HP
> Omnibook, it is ad0.
> Now, when I start it back in the HP Omnibook, it says that swap is not
> configured correctly on ad8s-something. Which is true, it should look for it
> on ad0... I have only once been able till now to mount root. (And this is my
> basis for assuming that even 4.11 CAN potentially run.) I said as command
> ufs:/dev/ad0 when it asked me where to mount root from. This worked,
> however, e.g. ufs:/dev/ad0s1 did not work. I am thinking that I might have
> made a mistake, and should have said ad0s1a.
> Yet, the principal new problem persists: FreeBSD does not realize that it
> should now look at ad0 instead of ad4 or ad8. (However, in the booting
> process, it correctly "sees" ad0 as having 325 MB etc.) Is there a way to
> solve this?

Probably the /etc/fstab is wrong and refers to the ad4 or ad8 devices.
The root should indeed typically be ufs:/dev/ad0s1a.


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