install freebsd from inside another operating system

Robin Becker robin at
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?
Robin Becker

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