install freebsd from inside another operating system
robin at reportlab.com
Mon Dec 8 06:04:02 PST 2008
Wojciech Puchar wrote:
>> Reason I'm asking is that my boss is asking about getting another
>> commodity server using a provider that doesn't offer freebsd. We do
>> get KVM over IP however, and I assume that really clever people might
>> know how to handle this sort of thing if they have console access.
> stupid/strange solution: run qemu under linux giving FReeBSD iso as
> cdrom, and linux swap partition as disk (disable swap on linux
> temporarily), install it WITHOUT making slices and labels (manually) -
> minimum install, make sure whole "disk" (actually linux swap partition)
> is bootable, then exit qemu, run linux fdisk to set swap partition as
> bootable instead of linux root, reboot.
> you will get FreeBSD working, repartition everything else, optionally
> copy FreeBSD to partition that has to be /, reboot, ready
That almost sounds doable :) not sure my ubuntu/qemu skills are really there
yet. Can you run qemu in a tty/console?
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