FreeBSD installation doesn't work

Mel fbsd.questions at
Sat Sep 20 15:39:58 UTC 2008

On Friday 19 September 2008 12:17:35 Oliver Fromme wrote:
> Oliver Fromme <olli at> wrote:
>  > Matthew Seaman wrote:
>  > > Mel wrote:
>  > > > that's aside from the fact that the root partition '/' always has to
>  > > > be the first partition, for the simple reason that everything else
>  > > > is mounted on top of it.
>  > >
>  > > It's not the partition device names that determine the mount order,
>  > > but the order of the entries in /etc/fstab.
>  >
>  > Actually not even the order in /etc/fstab matters.  You can
>  > place the root file system last and it will still work.
> Uhm, just to be sure:  We are talking about the *root* file
> system here.
> Of course, the order of the *remaining* file systems in
> /etc/fstab (without "noauto" flag) *does* matter, because
> this is the order in which they are mounted by the RC
> scripts.  Only the root file system is special.

Yeah, I was too short in previous reply, but since sysinstall both picks 
partition name and writes /etc/fstab the end result for the user is the 
same. "First do root, then the rest and don't create partitions that are 
supposed to be put on top of another partition, before creating that 
partition first".

> PS:  BTW, Mel, your email address doesn't work.  I get
> bounces from your mail server.

I know, still been too lazy to implement whitelisting, so anything 
not at RCPT TO: is bounced. Maybe this time the post-it will 
stick to my monitor ;)


Problem with today's modular software: they start with the modules
    and never get to the software part.

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